Foundations of Philosophy (i) (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Gianluca Solla
Gianluca Solla
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Sem. 2A dal Feb 17, 2020 al Mar 28, 2020.

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.


The image thinks: art, photography and theater by Walter Benjamin
The course aims to address the issue of the truth of images with particular reference to the reflection of Walter Benjamin.

1. Walter Benjamin, Il dramma barocco tedesco, Einaudi 1999.
2. Walter Benjamin, L'opera d'arte nell'epoca della sua riproducibilità tecnica e altri scritti sui media, a cura di Giulio Schiavoni, Milano, BUR, 2013
3. Walter Benjamin, Breve storia della fotografia, Passigli 2014.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Walter Benjamin Breve storia della fotografia Passigli 2014
Walter Benjamin Il dramma barocco tedesco Einaudi 1999
Walter Benjamin L'opera d'arte nell'epoca della sua riproducibilità tecnica BUR 2013

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.