Ethics (2019/2020)

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. At the end of the course, students will know the main ethical and political aspects of Western philosophical tradition, the main lines of contemporary philosophical debate on human society, and the theories and practices of care from Antiquity to present-day. They will also be able to comprehend philosophical texts, to set them within a proper critical frame, to employ a correct philosophical terminology, to compare the characteristics of philosophical thought of the past with those of present-day philosophy, and to autonomously form judgements on the subjects dealt with in classes. Finally, they will also be capable to communicate philosophical contents to specialists and non-specialists alike, and to continue their studies at a higher level.


Sublimation, work, life.

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
Jacques Lacan Il Seminario. Libro VII, L'etica della psicoanalisi Einaudi 2008
Riccardo Panattoni Kim Ki-duk Orthotes 2019
Jean-Christophe Bailly L'istante e la sua ombra Bruno Mondadori 2010
Gilles Deleuze Logica del senso Feltrinelli 2014
Roland Barthes Sade, Fourier, Loyola Einaudi  

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.