The course of Social Philosophy is part of the program in Philosophical Sciences (MA level) and is included among the characterising training activities. The objective of the course is to provide an in-depth understanding of some aspects of the essential issues and debates connected to the field of Social Philosophy. The course aims at achieving specific skills related to fundamental structures of social nexus. It aims also at developing critical abilities in order to deal with contemporary debates in social philosophy.Students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge to discuss and to develop arguments both in a theoretical and philosophical perspective. Upon completion of the course students are expected to acquire the following skills: 1) advanced critical thinking and its relation to wider issues; 2) advanced language and argumentation skills required to the issues discussed in the course; 3) capacity to read and analyse philosophical sources and the relevant critical debate.
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Money, Value, Intellect

What is money? This question seems harmless since money is an object that has permeated our existence since birth; all the more so in today’s world, where financial markets often dictate our form of life. Nevertheless the answer is complicated. So much so that, in order to illustrate what money is, it is necessary to introduce and explain two fundamental philosophical concepts: value and intellect. This course will be devoted to clarifying the notions of ‘money’, ‘value’ and ‘intellect’ in modern and contemporary society; primarily through the thought of Karl Marx and Georg Simmel, as they analyzed those concepts in their major works. In order to fully grasp contemporary world, extensive reference will be made to feminist elaborations on the concepts of ‘value’ and ‘reproduction’.

Core Documentation

Marx K., Il capitale. Critica dell’economia politica, Libro primo, capitoli primo e terzo, paragrafo 3 del capitolo quarto;
Simmel G., Filosofia del denaro, capitoli primo (del paragrafo III, passi scelti), secondo (passi scelti) e quarto (solo il paragrafo I);
Fortunati L., L’arcano della riproduzione. Casalinghe, prostitute, operai e capitale, capitoli 1-6-8 (available/downloadable in PDF on Moodle).

Reference Bibliography

Cooper M., Shadow Money and the Shadow Workforce: Rethinking Labor and Liquidity (disponibile/scaricabile in PDF su Moodle); Giardini F., Note sulla formazione del valore, in Marco Gatto (a cura di), Marx e la critica del presente (1818-2012); Hardt M. – Negri A., Assemblea, capitolo undicesimo; Ingham G., La natura della moneta; Picchio A., A partire dal lavoro non pagato, in Giardini – Pierallini – Tomasello (a cura di), La natura dell’economia. Femminismo, economia politica, ecologia.

Type of delivery of the course

Lectures and commentary on texts.


Optional attendance.

Type of evaluation

The assessment consists of an oral examination.