Philosophical Hermeneutics (i) (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Tommaso Tuppini
Tommaso Tuppini
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Sem. 1A dal Sep 24, 2018 al Nov 10, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The principal aim of the course is to give an adequate understanding of what properly philosophical hermeneutics is. Hermeneutics is usually understood as the discipline and art of interpretation. This type of hermeneutics arises from the exegesis of sacred and humanistic texts, which follows the rediscovery of Greek civilization with the Italian Renaissance and the free reading of the Bible with the German Reformation. The theory of interpretation is a philological and religious hermeneutics, it is a tool for understanding the written text and the fideistic subjectivity. Instead, properly philosophical hermeneutics is not a theory of interpretation and has nothing to do with text and language. Philosophical hermeneutics was born in the twentieth century with Husserl - which defines phenomenology as a "hermeneutics of conscious life" - and with Heidegger, for whom the exercise of philosophy is a "hermeneutics of facticity", ie the understanding that existence has of itself. This hermeneutics is not "interpretation" but "explication" and "unfolding" (Auslegung), ie spontaneous articulation of being, an event that precedes language and in which Being unfolds and participates in all possible ways of being.
At the end of the course the students will be able to follow the twisting paths of 20th century hermeneutics with greater awareness and agility and will have a genealogical knowledge of certain discursive and social practices of which their daily existence is made.



Among the structures that give shape and coherence to things and to the experience of things, some have been theorized by philosophy with a certain obsessiveness, allowing it to be used even at a conspicuous historical distance. The vortex is a strategic figure of thought, but difficult to place: it is an example of spontaneous germination and functions as the solution to a problem. The vortex is - says Pound - "node or cluster", rhythm of connection and dissolution of the forces that intersects the mineral, vegetable, animal world and time of the spirit.

On October 25th and 26th there will be a workshop with guests from the Universities of L'Aquila, Bologna and Turin: "Figures of the transcendental: between Kant and Deleuze", the PDF of the poster can be downloaded from the teaching materials

All documents will be uploaded in PDF format on this page, except Blanqui's book. The course will begin with an analysis of some steps of this text, students are asked to have it with them from the first lesson.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Edgar A. Poe La discesa nel Maelström PDF  
Auguste Blanqui L'eternità attraverso gli astri SE 2005
Gilbert Simondon L'individuazione alla luce delle nozioni di forma e di informazione Mimesis 2011 "Introduzione" e "Forma e materia"
Filippo T. Marinetti Manifesto del Futurismo PDF  
Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà Pittura Scultura Futuriste Edizioni Futuriste di "Poesia" 1914 "Dinamismo Plastico" e "La pittura dei suoni, rumori, odori"
Ezra Pound Vorticism PDF  

Assessment methods and criteria

Exam is oral and evaluates the mastery of the topics and concepts contained in the books indicated in the bibliography. The questions evaluate the vocabulary, the critical-argumentative capacity, the ability to autonomously rework what has been learned.

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