History of Modern Philosophy (2020/2021)

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Giuseppe Fornari
Giuseppe Fornari
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Sem. 2A dal Feb 15, 2021 al Apr 1, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at developing a path that, through the direct study of texts, allows the critical understanding of a central theme for the history of modern philosophy. The intertwining of conceptual investigation, historical reconstruction and analysis of individual texts should in fact allow the student to develop complex philosophical skills.


General title: The gnosiological problem as philosophical identification of the question of the human origin.
The course aims to examine the modern gnosiology in its two fundamental moments: the systematic thematization of the autonomy and centrality of human knowledge in Descartes and the most articulated theoretical formulation of gnosiology reached in modern times by Kant. This central topic will find a more general frame, on the one hand, in a general reconstruction of the relationship between ontology and gnosiology in the pre-modern thought and, on the other, in the debate on knowledge and metaphysics in Kant developed in the 20th century by Heidegger.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Immanuel Kant Critica della ragion pura Adelphi 1976
Martin Heidegger Kant e il problema della metafisica Laterza  
Giuseppe Fornari Mito, tragedia, filosofia. Dall'antica Grecia al Moderno (Edizione 2) Mimesis 2020
René Descartes Regulae ad directionem ingenii Bompiani   Va bene anche un'altra edizione purché completa

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is oral and consists of a dialogue held together with the professor in order to ascertain the comprehension of the topics of the course.