Theoretical Philosophy B (p) (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Chiara Zamboni
Chiara Zamboni
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 1A, Sem. 1B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The teaching programme aims to impart the fundamentals of the theory and language of philosohy in such a way that students will be able to independently recognize and understand the internal relationship between philosophical concepts and issues. To encourage this, the teaching programme will cover a number of central issues to the European and extra-European philosophical traditions. The aim is not simply to judge students' ability to learn information, but also to encourage them to make independent judgements and hone their reasoning skills, with the help of a seires of exercises proposed during te course.

Este curso de ensenanza se compromete a favorecer las bases teòricas y linguisticas para que los estudiantes sean capaces autònomamente de reconocer y elaborar la relaciòn intima entre conceptos y cuestiones filsofòficas. Para praticar esto en el proceso de instrucciòn se enfocaràn algunas cuestiones de importancia fundamental de la tradiciòn filosòfica europea y extra europea. El objetivo no es solamente prestar atenciòn a la capacidad de aprendizaje de los estudiantes, sino también de fomentar una autonomia de judicio y de afinar la capacidad argumentativa que puede ser guiada a través de diferentes pràcticas en el recorrido didàctico.


The course is structured around the following question: how to think experience? What is the relationship between thought and experience?
The programm is articulated as follows:

. Interpretarive methafors of reality. Process of hyper-metaphorisation. Conflict with other linguistic modalities: the metonymic pole. Politics of Language. Experience and sexual difference (Luisa Muraro, "Maglia o uncinetto. Racconto linguistico-politico sulla inimicizia tra metafora e metonimia", manifestolibri, 2017).

. Qualitative materialism. Critic of an objective and deteriministic conception of reality. Medieval Arabic thought to qualitative materialism (Ernst Bloch, "Avicenna e la sinistra aristotelica", mimesis ed., 2018.

. Crisis of the concept of esperience. Historical reconstruction of this concept. Theoretical and political need for its reconceptualisation (Walter Benjamin, "Esperienza e povertà" and "Il narratore" in Walter Benjamin, "Esperienza e povertà", Castelvecchi ed., 2018.

. Imagination in relation to experience. Literature and narration. When narrated experience becomes part of the shared world. Hannah Arendt's Thought (1. Hannah Arendt, "Isak Dinensen (1885-1962)", in "aut aut" n. 239-240, 1990; 2. Hannah Arendt, "L'umanità in tempi bui", Cortina 2019, with the Introduction of Laura Boella; 3. Hannah Arendt, "L'omino gobbo e il pescatore di perle" in Hannah Arendt, "Il futuro alle spalle", il mulino 2011, with the Introduction of Lea Ritter Santini.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Bloch Ernst Avicenna e la sinistra aristotelica mimesis 2018
Benjamin Walter Esperienza e povertà Castelvecchi 2018
Hannah Arendt Il futuro alle spalle il mulino 2011
Hannah Arendt L'umanità in tempi bui Cortina 2019
Muraro Luisa Maglia o uncinetto. Racconto linguistico-politico sulla inimicizia tra metafora e metonimia manifestolibri 2017

Assessment methods and criteria

The evaluation is an oral exam, both for those who attend and for those who cannot attend. For those students that cannot attend it is necessary to meet te professor during the tutorials, so that the various aspects of the programme can be explained and discussed togheter. The students who cannot attend are encouraged to read the different introductions to the books in the programme carefully.
The evalation will be based non only on the student's comprehension of the treated themes, but also on whether this comprehension is accompanied by indipendent judgement and by a good argumentative capacity.

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