Theoretical Philosophy (2020/2021)

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 course aims to provide the conceptual tools in order to understand the language and the basic problems of contemporary theoretical research, with particular reference to the phenomenological, hermeneutic and post-structuralist approaches. The student will acquire the knowledge of the discussed topics and texts, refining his skills in speculative analysis and critical comment. The teaching aims to focus on these themes: a) the meaning of philosophical practices; the relationship between thought and experience; b) relationship between thought and the unconscious.


The course deals with the following topics:

. Philosophical practice. The relationship between concepts and questions. The figures that accompany this practice. The relationship between philosophy and art. Infinity, condensation, chaos. Reference book: Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, "Che cos'è la filosofia?", Einaudi, chap. 1-4, chap. 7. Conclusion.

. The centrality of the connection between feeling, nature and language in contemporary philosophy through some thinkers (male and female): Ingeborg Bachmann, Anna Maria Ortese, Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Reference book: Chiara Zamboni, "Sentire e scrivere la natura", Mimesis ed. This text suggests how human language, when poetical, resumes and relaunches non-human languages.

. The third topic of the course poses the following question: how does Chinese culture cause us to rethink our cultural models within the theme of landscape, nature and language? The reference book is Francois Jullien, "Vivere di paesaggio o l'impensato della ragione", Mimesis ed.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Gilles Deleuze Félix Guattari Che cos'è la filosofia? Einaudi 2002
Chiara Zamboni Sentire e scrivere la natura (Edizione 1) Mimesis 2020 978-8-857-56345-1
François Jullien Vivere di paesaggio o l'impensato della ragione Mimesis 2017

Assessment methods and criteria

There will be an oral examination both for those who attend the courses and those who cannot. Those students who cannot attend must contact the teacher for further information on the ponts in the programme and discuss them. The purpose of the oral examination will not only be to verify the students' understanding of the topics but also wheter they have developed autonomy of judgment and a good capacity of argumentation.
While the pandemic lasts, physically attending the examination or taking it on-line will be decided on a moment-to-moment basis.