Philosophical anthropology (2020/2021)

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Federico Leoni
Federico Leoni
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Sem. 2A dal Feb 15, 2021 al Apr 1, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Philosophical anthropology owes its name to “ánthropos”, ancient Greek for “human being”. Traditionally, it was the branch of philosophy devoted to the study of the difference between what is cultural and what is natural, how the two diverged or converged, or how they shaped subjective and inter-subjective experience. Today, philosophical anthropology is rather an overview on the process that led to the formation of this conceptual landscape, and the exploration of the uncharted territory that its dissolution begins to reveal. The course aims to shed light on some of the main features of this process-cum-exploration that is still under way. At the end of the course, students will acquire an advanced knowledge of present-day philosophical discussions on the (inter)subjective (or not) nature of experience; they will develop a correct hermeneutical approach to the authors and topics examined and discussed during the classes; to independently make assessments on the topics of the course. These abilities will prove useful in order to continue their studies at MA level


The lessons will address the questions of man and insects. We will study the importance of this "entomological" figure within one century of philosophical meditation: Bergson, Heidegger, Deleuze. This figure will work as the symptom of a radical renovation, still in progress, still enigmatic, of that part of philosophy we usual call anthropology. Renovation, may be, of that anthropological aspect which for a while dominated our very experience. And which is now going, if not to fade away, to mix with other aspects we will try to describe.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Gilles Deleuze Félix Guattari Che cos'è la filosofia? Einaudi 2002
Martin Heidegger Concetti fondamentali della metafisica. Mondo, finitezza, solitudine il Melangolo 2005
Henri Bergson Le due fonti della morale e della religione SE 2006

Assessment methods and criteria

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 bibliography will be a fundamental part of the preparation of the final exam. Meeting hours for students are scheduled during the whole academic year. Any exception concerning the days and hours of courses and meetings will be communicated though the teacher’s personal webpage. Students who will not attend classes will study the same bibliography.