Philosophy of History (2020/2021)

Course code
4S007321
Name of lecturer
Matteo Bonazzi
Coordinator
Matteo Bonazzi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
M-FIL/03 - MORAL PHILOSOPHY
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
Sem. 2A, Sem. 2B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Making students aware of the basic structures of modern philosophies of history (linear conception and cyclical conception of time, idea of 'fullness', eschatology and idea of progress) through the study of appropriate monographs and above all through the reading of the most significant classical texts

Syllabus

Untouchable and Contagion. Psychoanalysis and social bond.

The course will be divided into three parts, in order to address the issues of the social bond, the intersubjectivity and the impossible that is at the core of the Freudian discovery of the Unconscious.

1. Hegel and the Philosophy of History
- Phenomenology of Spirit: Genesis, structure, logic of experience, main figures
- Hegel’s Philosophy of History: the “Conceptually-understood History”

2. Freud, Lacan and psychoanalysis
- The "contact" at the origin of civilization: Totem and taboo
- The logic of Sexuation and the Impossible: Lacan, Seminar XX

3. Derrida and Nancy: the Untouchable
- On touching, the extended Psyche
- Tangency and contingency

References

The books for the exam are the following:
1) G.W.F. Hegel, Fenomenologia dello spirito, tr. it. E. De Negri, La Nuova Italia. (Sez. A. Coscienza e B. Autocoscienza, pp. 81-153).
2) S. Freud, Totem e tabù (edizioni a scelta).
4) J. Lacan, Il Seminario. Libro XX. Ancora, Einaudi.
5) J. Derrida, Toccare, Jean-Luc Nancy, Marietti.
6) J.-L. Nancy, il c’è del rapporto sessuale, SE.

7) M. Bonazzi e D. Tonazzo, Lacan e l’estetica. Lemmi, Mimesis. (Only for attending students)

Materials and detailed information on the texts and any additional teaching materials will be provided on the e-learning platform.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Hegel Georg W. F. Fenomenologia dello spirito La Nuova Italia 1996
J.-L. Nancy Il c'è del rapporto sessuale SE  
J. Lacan Il Seminario, Libro XX, Ancora Einaudi 2011
BONAZZI, TONAZZO LACAN E L'ESTETICA MIMESIS 2015
J. Derrida Toccare, Jean-Luc Nancy Marietti 2007 9788821185649
S. Freud Totem e tabù  

Assessment methods and criteria

The lessons will alternate traditional frontal teaching with dialogical interaction with students, guided discussions, as well as reading and commenting texts collectively.

Any change of the timetable will be communicated on the teacher's web page.

Exam’s modality:
The exam will be oral and will assess the level of competency of the themes and fundamental concepts addressed during the course. The questions will aim to highlight the students' critical-argumentative capacity, their ability to use texts autonomously, as well as the communication skills necessary to give back with rigor and sufficient subjectivation the problems faced in class and in the books present in the bibliography.

The vote is expressed in thirtieths.

The examination procedures are the same for students attending and not attending.