Ethics (2018/2019)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Riccardo Panattoni
Riccardo Panattoni
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 2A, Sem. 2B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Ethics investigates the principles that, in the course of history, have guided (or rather should guide) human actions, be they individual acts or choices made by an entire society. Through the analysis of the most important ethical problems, with particular reference to current issues, students will have to acquire a good level of critical awareness regarding the main issues of ethics and some of the most important moral concerns of our time.


Phantasm of love or Phantasm of life.

The course will concern the existing relationship between life and intellectual work. The connection between creativity and melancholy, as well as between memory and the ability to remember. In particular, the course will deal with the structure of the subjectivity through the works of Giorgio Agamben, Roland Barthes and Gilles Deleuze.
Students attending the classes will receive frontal lessons which will address the textes in the form of a comment, an elaboration, an extension of their content. The individual study of the texts will be also an important part of the preparation of the final exam. Meeting hours for students are scheduled during the whole academic year. Days and hours of the courses and of the meetings will be communicated in the teacher’s personal webpage.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Riccardo Panattoni Altitudo. Perché l'essere umano desidera elevarsi? Il Melangolo 2019
Gilles Deleuze e Felix Guattari Che cos'è la filosofia? Einaudi 1996
Pierre Fedida Il buon uso della depressione Einaudi 2002
Roberto Esposito Politica e negazione. Per una filosofia affermativa Einaudi 2018

Assessment methods and criteria

In order to pass the exam, students will need to show that:
- they possess a sufficient knowledge of the issues, the conceptual instruments, the great outlines of the commented texts.
- they possess the capacity to retrace and elaborate with sufficient accuracy and subjectivation the texts and their conceptuale perspectives.

The competence of all students, either those who attended the course or those who didn’t, will be ascertained by means of an oral examination. The final score will be expressed in /30s.