Ethics of Care (2020/2021)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff

Learning outcomes

The course aims to transmit to students conceptual tools and reflection styles related to the ethical themes of the contemporary world, focusing on the questions revolving around the field of care. This reference is grounded in the evidence of the strict bounds existing between philosophy and care, both of the self and of others. In addition to provide students with the knowledge of philosophical reflection on ethics, the course aims to develop in them the ability to actualise the theories that will be discussed in classes.
Knowledge and skills acquired during the course concur to establish an appropriate conceptual frame for in-depth interdisciplinary analysis. Moreover, the course aims to develop the capacity of critically reflecting on the present, always within the range of the course’s themes. Both course modules will provide skills apt to shape and increase critical assessment capacity in uncertain contexts, providing in-depth knowledge of the ethical implications of theoretical and practical judgements, all expressed with adequate linguistic competence in this field. Such competences should enable students to communicate, share, and disseminate informations, ideas, problems and solutions related to the field of care, both with specialists and non-specialists alike, with the aim of establishing relations of responsibility and care. In addition, in view of writing their future dissertations, students will also be encouraged to set up independent research paths.


automaton: the sublimation, the body, the subject

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 texts will be also an important part of the preparation of the final exam. Meeting hours for students are scheduled during the whole academic year. Days and hours of the courses and of the meetings will be communicated in the teacher’s personal webpage.

Assessment methods and criteria

In order to pass the exam, students will need to show that:
- they possess a sufficient knowledge of the issues, the conceptual instruments, the great outlines of the commented texts.
- they possess the capacity to retrace and elaborate with sufficient accuracy and subjectivation the texts and their conceptuale perspectives.

The competence of all students, either those who attended the course or those who didn’t, will be ascertained by means of an oral examination. The final score will be expressed in /30s.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Federico Leoni e Riccardo Panattoni Automaton Orthotes 2019
Gilles Deleuze La soggettivazione Ombre Corte 2020
Alfredo Eidelsztein L'origine del soggetto in psicoanalisi Paginaotto 2020
Gilles Deleuze Félix Guattari Che cos'è la filosofia? Einaudi 2002
Bruno Latour La sfida di Gaia Meltemi 2020