20709755 - Moral philosophy

The course of Moral Philosophy is part of the program in Philosophical sciences (MA level) and is included among the characterising training activities. At the end of this course, the student will have obtained:
- An in-depth knowledge of the main theoretical questions of ethics, moral philosophy, action theory;
- Knowledge of some reference texts in the philosophical-political field and of the main debates associated with them, as well as of secondary literature also in languages other than Italian;
- Ability to focus on theoretical issues and to develop arguments in the analysis of problems related to political theory and to critical theory.
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Desire and need: a pathway in contemporary philosophy.
The course aims to question Freud's assumption that society is established by the repression of desire and its conversion into need.

Core Documentation

S. Freud, Civilisation and its Discontents [any edition].
H. Marcuse, Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud [any edition]
G. Deleuze-F. Guattari, Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia [any edition] [Chapters 1 and 2]
M. Fisher, Postcapitalist Desire. The Final Lectures, Repeater [Lectures One and Two]

Reference Bibliography

D. Gentili, Desire and the Refusal of Work: From 1970s' operaismo to the Great Resignation, and back [article made available]

Type of delivery of the course

The didactics includes lectures, workshops, debates and exercises in the classroom.


Class attendance is optional, although recommended.

Type of evaluation

The assessment consists of an oral examination. For Erasmus students, the examination may also be conducted in another language (English, German, French, Spanish) if necessary.