Philosophy of History (p) (2019/2020)

Course code
4S01364
Name of lecturer
Matteo Bonazzi
Coordinator
Matteo Bonazzi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
M-FIL/03 - MORAL PHILOSOPHY
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
Sem. 2A, Sem. 2B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to offer students the conceptual tools to understand the teaching of philosophy of history in relation to the questions posed by contemporary times. The aim is to lead students to reflect critically on the foundations of philosophy of history by interconnecting philosophy and human sciences and stimulating an aware use of the discipline’s key concepts.

Syllabus

HISTORY AND PSYCHOANALYSIS

The course will be divided into three parts, in order to address the issue of History and Historicity in relation to the Freudian discovery of the Unconscious:

1. Hegel and the Philosophy of History
- Phenomenology of Spirit: Genesis, structure, logic of experience, main figures
- Hegel’s Philosophy of History: the “Conceptually-understood History”

2. Freud, Lacan and psychoanalysis
- The Psychoanalytic Diagnosis of Civilization: Totem and taboo and Freud's Moses
- Lacan’s Four Discourses

3. De Certeau and the Writing of History
- History and Psychoanalysis
- The Discourse of fragments

References

The books for the exam are the following:
1) G.W.F. Hegel, Fenomenologia dello spirito, tr. it. E. De Negri, La Nuova Italia. (Sez. A. Coscienza e B. Autocoscienza, pp. 81-153).
2) S. Freud, L’uomo Mosè e la religione monoteista oppure Totem e tabù (edizioni a scelta).
4) J. Lacan, Il Seminario. Libro XVII. Il rovescio della psicoanalisi, Einaudi. (Capitoli VI-IX, Al di là del complesso di Edipo, pp. 103-176).
5) M. De Certeau, Storia e psicoanalisi, Bollati Boringhieri (Capitoli 2,3,9,10).
6) M. De Certeau, La scrittura della storia, Jaca Book (Capitolo IX, La finzione della storia. La scrittura di ‘Mosè e il monoteismo’, pp. 319-367).

7) M. Bonazzi e D. Tonazzo, Lacan e l’estetica. Lemmi, Mimesis. (Only for attending students)

Materials and detailed information on the texts and any additional teaching materials will be provided on the e-learning platform.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Hegel Georg W. F. Fenomenologia dello spirito La Nuova Italia 1996 Sez. A. Coscienza e B. Autocoscienza, pp. 81-153
BONAZZI, TONAZZO LACAN E L'ESTETICA MIMESIS 2015 SOLO PER I NON FREQUENTANTI

Assessment methods and criteria

The lessons will alternate traditional frontal teaching with dialogical interaction with students, guided discussions, as well as reading and commenting texts collectively.

Any change of the timetable will be communicated on the teacher's web page.

Exam’s modality:
The exam will be oral and will assess the level of competency of the themes and fundamental concepts addressed during the course. The questions will aim to highlight the students' critical-argumentative capacity, their ability to use texts autonomously, as well as the communication skills necessary to give back with rigor and sufficient subjectivation the problems faced in class and in the books present in the bibliography.

The vote is expressed in thirtieths.

The examination procedures are the same for students attending and not attending.