History of Philosophy 1 (2020/2021)

Course code
4S007314
Credits
12
Coordinator
Linda Napolitano
Other available courses
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
MODULO I 6 M-FIL/06-HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY Sem. 1A Linda Napolitano
MODULO II 6 M-FIL/06-HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY Sem. 1B Carlo Chiurco

Learning outcomes

History of Philosophy 1
KNOWLEDGE
The course provides an overview of the main authors and schools of ancient and medieval philosophy, thus enabling students to reach an in-depth knowledge of the historical development and the concepts of two essential moments of Western thought.
ABILITIES
The expected learning outcomes are: the ability to consider philosophical texts of these historical periods within a proper critical perspective, to approach them from viable hermeneutical points of view, and to autonomously assess the contents of the course in a critical way. Students will also develop the capacity to communicate philosophical contents to specialists and non-specialists alike, and the capacity to continue their studies at a higher level.

MODULE 1
The knowledge acquired by students about the main authors, schools and topics of ancient Greek thought will help them to forge a detailed view of the history of Western philosophy and its main conceptions.
Students will develop the capacity to correctly put ancient philosophical texts within their historical contexts, to approach them critically and from viable hermeneutical perspectives, and to express themselves in a proper philosophical terminology suited to the context. This will also enable them to compare some specific issues or topics of ancient philosophy with present-days ones.

MODULE 2
The knowledge acquired by students about the main authors, schools and topics of medieval thought will help them to forge a detailed view of the history of Western philosophy and its main conceptions.
Students will develop the capacity to correctly put medieval philosophical texts within their historical contexts, to approach them critically and from viable hermeneutical perspectives, and to express themselves in a proper philosophical terminology suited to the context. This will also enable them to compare some specific issues or topics of medieval philosophy with present-days ones.

Syllabus

Course's Title: “Words and matters of the Ancient Philosophy (IModule) and of the Mediaeval Philosophy (II Module)”
Both Modules aim at exploring some terminological and conceptual points across the whole ancient philosophy (VI sec. B.C.- VI sec. A.C.) and the Mediaeval one (from Augustinus to Occam) .
The proposals will be examined of the most authoritative ancient thinkers, reading some original texts (in Italian translation). Their various theories will be confronted to each other and it will be looked for the influence they may have had on the subsequent philosophical thinking, particularly on the contemporary one.
Recording lessons will be available on the e-learning system of the University and are compulsory for every student.

Assessment methods and criteria

Prerequisites: Surely a previous knowledge of the history of the ancient and mediaeval philosophy allows to work easier within this scientific field: however it is not compulsory. The same can be said as to the ancient Greek and Latin languages. Better, an attention to lexical research and an interest in a critical reading of philosophical texts are very useful.

Teaching Methods: The course will be carried on by frontal lessons, with an introductory presentation of thinkers and philosophical schools, with direct reading of the texts and following discussions. Lessons will be taken, if possible, in presence, or alternatively, at distance by elearning (requests of clarification will be satisfied also by email).
The same program is valid for the students who cannot attend lessons; nevertheless, they must pay attention to the previous point d (Integrations and substitutions).
Recording lessons will be available on the e-learning system of the University and are compulsory for every student.

Assesments: Some oral questions will be put to the student; he will be invited to read and comment some passages of the examined texts. The student may freely choose to write a little paper (5-7 pages) about the subjects examined in the Course and he will send this paper to the teacher a week before the official exam: this paper will be discussed together during the exam.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
BETTETINI - PAPARELLA Filosofia medievale Cortina 2004
BERTI Enrico In principio era la meraviglia. Le grandi questioni della filosofia antica Laterza 2016
Bruno Centrone Prima lezione di filosofia antica (Edizione 1) Laterza 2015
Enrico Berti - Franco Volpi Storia della filosofia: dall'antichità ad oggi (Edizione 1) Laterza 2007
GILSON E. Storia della filosofia medioevale Sansoni 2004
Linda Napolitano Virtù, piacere e felicità nell'etica dei Greci (Edizione 1) Aemme Edizioni Verona 2014
Carlo Chiurco Il pensiero medievale. I grandi temi: ontologia ed etica. Gli autori e le scuole QuiEdit 2019 978-88-6464-471-4