Institutions of Philosophy - MODULO I (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Gianluca Solla
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 1A dal Sep 21, 2020 al Oct 31, 2020.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The teaching aims to provide students with the knowledge of the principles that, according to Western philosophical tradition, have shaped human experience. In particular, it will provide them with the knowledge of the reflections on the origin and structure of philosophical concepts, by means of highlighting the convergence between theoretical philosophy and other disciplines, both in the field of humanities (literature, figurative arts, cinema, theatre) and science (psychology, biology etc.)

Students will learn the specific terminology and the main conceptual and methodological research skills that may provide helpful insight in the main topics of contemporary theoretical philosophy. They will also acquire the ability to autonomously make critical assessments on the specific topics dealt with in the module, and to use properly the given bibliographical and multimedia research tools.


Crisis, criticism, clinic

The experience of philosophical thought is often associated with criticism, that is, with the faculty of judgment to divide, to separate. Yet several signs today seem to indicate that this capacity so consubstantial with philosophy has reached a crisis point. The course aims to analyze and discuss the implications of critical exercise in the contemporary era and rethink it in terms of a philosophical clinic.

1. Immanuel Kant, Risposta alla domanda: Che cos’è l’Illuminismo?, Mimesis, Milano-Udine 2021.
2. Michel Foucault, Che cos’è l’Illuminismo? (contained as afterword to the book in point 1).
3. Gilles Deleuze – Felix Guattari, Che cos’è la filosofia?, Einaudi, Torino 1996.
4. Lucrezio, De rerum natura, Oscar Mondadori, Milano 1992. [indicative edition, others are fine, preferably with original text on the front.]

Students attending the classes will receive frontal lessons that involves the participation of students, which will address the texts in the form of a comment, an elaboration, an extension and a discussion 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.
For students who will attend classes as well as for students not attending the classes, the contents of the textbooks, as well as the lessons and exercises held in the classroom, are part of the program. Any additional teaching materials will be reported by the end of the course and, where possible, made available on the online teaching platform.
Students don't attending the course contact please the teacher to discuss during consultation hours about doubts and questions concerning their preparation for the exam.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Gilles Deleuze Félix Guattari Che cos'è la filosofia? Einaudi 2002
I. Kant, M. Foucault Che cos'è l'Illuminismo? Mimesis 2012
Lucrezio De rerum natura Mondadori 1992 edizione con testo a fronte!

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination.

In order to pass the exam, students will show that:
- they possess a deep knowledge of the main specific issues developed during the course;
- they possess also the capacity to make an independent reflection on theoretical implications of such issues, using a pertinent and appropriate language.

The competence of all students, either those who attended the course or those who didn’t, will be valued through an oral examination about the specific topics and questions discussed during the classes. The final score will be expressed in /30s.