Philosophy of affects (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Guido Cusinato
Guido Cusinato
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. 1A dal Sep 21, 2020 al Oct 31, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding 1. Know and understand the conceptual, methodological, and cultural bases to promote phenomenologically orientated researches on the theory of affective experience 2. Know and understand the importance of emotional sharing for the care relationship. Applying knowledge and understanding 1. At the end of course the students should demonstrate adequate knowledge of the texts, autonomy of judgment, to be able to communicate their knowledge in a clear, coherent and well-argued manner and good ability to master the philosophical terminology encountered, 2. At the end of course the students should demonstrate to critically build up and develop, also interdisciplinary, connections between acquired notions.


1. Knowledge and understanding:
1. Knowing and understanding the conceptual, methodological, and cultural bases to promote a phenomenologically orientated research on the theory of affective experience; 2. Knowing and comprehending the importance of affective experience for a philosophy understood as exercise of transformation; 3. Knowing and understanding the meaning of emotional sharing for the care relationship and for the formation process of person.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
1. Knowing how to reread and interpret the process of formation of the person in the perspective of a philosophy of affects; 2. Knowing how to interpret the problem of emotional experience in the contemporary cultural and social context; 3. Knowing how to rethink the meaning and motivations of educational and pedagogical practice in the light of affective experience.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Pierre Hadot Che cos'è la filosofia antica? (in alternativa a Esercizi spirituali) Torino Einaudi 1998
Pierre Hadot Esercizi spirituali e filosofia antica (solo le seguenti pp.: 1-119; 155-196) Einaudi 2005
René A. Spitz Il primo anno di vita del bambino Giunti 2010
L. Mortari María Zambrano: Respirare la vita (testo solo facoltativo) Feltrinelli 2019 testo consigliato
Marìa Zambrano Verso un sapere dell'anima Cortina 1996

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is in oral form and aims at verifying the adequate knowledge of the scheduled texts. In order to access the oral examination, students must submit a paper of 20000 characters. The paper must be previously agreed on with the professor during his office hours – after students have read the texts – and is to be submitted at least 7 days before the exam. The paper must be submitted via email, with a .doc document containing the student’s name, surname and identification number.