Philosophical anthropology (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Federico Leoni
Federico Leoni
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Sem. 2A dal Feb 17, 2020 al Mar 28, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Philosophical anthropology owes its name to “ánthropos”, ancient Greek for “human being”. Traditionally, it was the branch of philosophy devoted to the study of the difference between what is cultural and what is natural, how the two diverged or converged, or how they shaped subjective and inter-subjective experience. Today, philosophical anthropology is rather an overview on the process that led to the formation of this conceptual landscape, and the exploration of the uncharted territory that its dissolution begins to reveal. The course aims to shed light on some of the main features of this process-cum-exploration that is still under way. At the end of the course, students will acquire an advanced knowledge of present-day philosophical discussions on the (inter)subjective (or not) nature of experience; they will develop a correct hermeneutical approach to the authors and topics examined and discussed during the classes; to independently make assessments on the topics of the course. These abilities will prove useful in order to continue their studies at MA level


Bergson. War, technique, religion

The course will aboard the themes of war, technique, and religion, in the context of Henri Bergson’s thought and in particular of his last work, “The Two Sources of Morality and Religion”. The theme of instrumentality will give us an access to the very core of an extraordinary theoretical laboratory, and to the events which marked – and in a way continue to mark the place of a research of this kind –namely the end of a world war, the rise of different forms of totalitarism, and the announce of a new world war.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
F. Leoni L'automa. Leibniz, Bergson Mimesis 2019
Henri Bergson L'energia spirituale Cortina 2008
H. Bergson Plotino Textus 2019

Assessment methods and criteria

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 bibliography will be a fundamental part of the preparation of the final exam. Meeting hours for students are scheduled during the whole academic year. Any exception concerning the days and hours of courses and meetings will be communicated though the teacher’s personal webpage. Students who will not attend classes will study the same bibliography.