Foundations of Philosophy (i) (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Gianluca Solla
Gianluca Solla
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Sem. 2A dal Feb 18, 2019 al Mar 30, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course is dedicated to a reflection on philosophy as adventure of the thought.

By the end of the course the students should have developed autonomy of reflection and judgment in order to elaborate reflections on philosophical thought, philosophical language skills, and understanding of the texts, but also to be able to applicate the concept so developed to the problems of the contemporaneity.


Image thinks: philosophy and cinema

The course aims to address the theme of the truth of the moving image, with particular reference to contemporary French reflection.

1. The essay of Roland Barthes, On the cinema is currently out of print. Students will find the selection of essays to prepare for the exam at the LAPIS copy shop.
2. At the LAPIS Copisteria students will also find the text by Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The Cinema and the new psychology.
3. Students only prepare the parts of Jean-Louis Schefer's The common man of cinema included between pages. 7-16 and pages. 85-113.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Gianluca Solla Buster Keaton. L'invenzione del gesto Orthotes 2016 9788893140409
Maurice Merleau-Ponty Il cinema e la nuova psicologia Il Saggiatore 1947
Jean-Louis Schefer L'uomo comune del cinema Quodlibet 2006
Roland Barthes Sul cinema Il Melangolo 1997

Assessment methods and criteria


In order to pass the oral exam, students will show that:
- they possess a deep knowledge of the main specific issues developed during the course;
- they possess also the capacity to make an independent reflection on philosophical implications of such issues, using a pertinent and appropriate language.

The competence of all students, either those who attended the course or those who didn’t, will be valued through an oral examination about the specific topics and questions discussed during the classes. The final score will be expressed in /30s.