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 students with the conceptual tools that will enable them to comprehend the language and the main problems of contemporary philosophy, with a special focus on phenomenology, hermeneutics, and post-structuralism. Students will acquire a good knowledge of the topics and the texts read and discussed during the course, sharpening their capacity of speculative analysis and critique. The course aims in particular to analyze a) the meaning of philosophical practices; b) the relation between thought and experience; c) the entanglement of thinking and the unconscious.
At the end of the course, students will know the main conceptual lines of Western philosophical tradition and the most important debates going on in contemporary philosophical. They will also be able to comprehend philosophical texts, to set them within a proper critical frame, to employ a correct philosophical terminology, 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 MA level.


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.