20706038 - Social philosophy

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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Mutuazione: 20706038 FILOSOFIA SOCIALE in Scienze filosofiche LM-78 N0 RAPARELLI FRANCESCO


Uncertainty and trust: anthropology, society, economics

We live in a world dominated by uncertainty. While technologies enable increasingly efficient predictive analyses, economic crises, pandemics and wars continually destabilise certainties and expectations, social security and the professional position of individuals, rights and institutions. These increasingly recurring events elude simple risk calculation and display a radical uncertainty against which predictive analyses do not work. An anthropological issue as well as an epistemological one: radical uncertainty is reduced or mastered, in social and economic systems, through trust. But what, precisely, is trust? And how can it be achieved? We will see, finally, that trust, one of the most valuable political resources, is destabilised by the very mechanisms that should foster it.

Core Documentation

Bauman Z., Certezza incerta e L’economia politica dell’incertezza in La solitudine del cittadino globale (1999), pp. 32-38 e pp. 172-176.
Keynes J. M., Teoria generale dell’occupazione, dell’interesse e della moneta (1936), capitolo 12, pp. 333-350 (anche su Moodle in PDF).
Keynes J. M., Teoria generale dell'occupazione (1937), scaricabile in PDF su Moodle.
Luhmann N., La fiducia (1968), capitoli IV, VII (anche su Moodle in PDF).
Simmel G., Filosofia del denaro (1900), pp. 151-156 (anche su Moodle in PDF).
Simmel G., Il segreto e le società segrete in Sociologia (1908), capitolo V, pp. 291-304 (anche su Moodle in PDF).
Simmel G., L’auto-conservazione del gruppo sociale, Excursus sulla fedeltà e sulla gratitudine in Sociologia (1908), capitolo VIII, pp. 498-503 (anche su Moodle in PDF).
Wittgenstein L., Della Certezza, § 61-65; § 94-99; § 105-115; § 139-141; § 150-152; § 159-163; § 204 e 205; § 247-257; § 336; § 341-344; § 356-359; § 471-473; § 476; § 498-511; § 559; § 611 e 612.

Type of delivery of the course

Teaching includes lectures, seminars and debates.


Class attendance is optional, although recommended.

Type of evaluation

Evaluation consists of an oral examination.