Ethics of Care (2019/2020)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff

Learning outcomes

The course aims to transmit to students conceptual tools and reflection styles related to the ethical themes of the contemporary world, focusing on the questions revolving around the field of care. This reference is grounded in the evidence of the strict bounds existing between philosophy and care, both of the self and of others. In addition to provide students with the knowledge of philosophical reflection on ethics, the course aims to develop in them the ability to actualise the theories that will be discussed in classes.

Knowledge and skills acquired during the course concur to establish an appropriate conceptual frame for in-depth interdisciplinary analysis. Moreover, the course aims to develop the capacity of critically reflecting on the present, always within the range of the course’s themes. Both course modules will provide skills apt to shape and increase critical assessment capacity in uncertain contexts, providing in-depth knowledge of the ethical implications of theoretical and practical judgements, all expressed with adequate linguistic competence in this field. Such competences should enable students to communicate, share, and disseminate informations, ideas, problems and solutions related to the field of care, both with specialists and non-specialists alike, with the aim of establishing relations of responsibility and care. In addition, in view of writing their future dissertations, students will also be encouraged to set up independent research paths.



Crisis, Clinic, Criticism By referring to the three fundamental concepts of the title, the course intends to develop a reflection on the possibility of a "Clinic of the crisis" that comes out from the impasses of usual political criticism, referring to contemporary issues (non-reception of migration, racism, ecological crisis ). Bibliography: 1. Michel Foucault, Introduzione alla vita non-fascista (on web: 2. Walter Benjamin, Sul concetto di storia, Einaudi 1997 (only pp. 20-57). 3. Frantz Fanon, I dannati della terra, Einaudi, 2007. 4. Ivan Illich, La convivialità, Red, 2013. Non-attending students also read: Lessico della crisi e del possibile, a cura di Fabrice Dubosc, SEB27, 2019.

SYLLABUS Students attending the classes will receive frontal lessons and participate to a seminary activity that involves the participation of students, which will address the texts in the form of a comment, an elaboration, an extension and a discussion 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. For students who will attend classes as well as for students not attending the classes, the contents of the textbooks, as well as the lessons and exercises held in the classroom, are part of the program. Any additional teaching materials will be reported by the end of the course and, where possible, made available on the online teaching platform. Students don't attending the course contact please the teacher to discuss during consultation hours about doubts and questions concerning their preparation for the exam.

Assessment methods and criteria

In order to pass the 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 ethical 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.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Frantz Fanon I dannati della terra Einaudi 2007
Michel Foucault Introduzione alla vita non-fascista NET Editor 2012
Ivan Illich La convivialità RED 2013
Fabrice Dubosc Lessico della crisi e del possibile SEB27 2019
Walter Benjamin Sul concetto di storia Einaudi 1997
Riccardo Panattoni Altitudo. Perché l'essere umano desidera elevarsi? Il Melangolo 2019
Pierre Fedida Crisi e Controtransfert Borla 1997
Jean-Christophe Bailly L'istante e la sua ombra Bruno Mondadori 2010
Georges Didi-Huberman Scorze Nottetempo 2014