22910035 - Hystory of philosophy


The course, through the reading of classical texts, aims to provide students with the knowledge and critical understanding of the historical, epistemological and methodological foundations of historical-philosophical research. By indicating from time to time the difficulties presented by the texts and the different possible interpretative solutions, it also aims to stimulate the student's critical reflection and autonomy of judgement.
With the study of History of Philosophy the student will be able to achieve the following educational objectives.
In terms of knowledge and comprehension:
- understand the historical, epistemological and methodological foundations of historical-philosophical research;
- to know the classics of the history of philosophical thought.
In terms of ability to apply knowledge and understanding:
- to understand the evolution of concepts and ideas from a historical-cultural point of view;
- designing and organizing philosophical thought in order to improve educational contexts.
In terms of autonomy of judgment:
- to deal with the problems of the current era with a critical spirit;
- analyse a problematic situation from different points of view.
In terms of communication skills:
- to be available to the poor;
- Contribute to teamwork.
In terms of learning ability:
- To confront oneself with scientific literature;
- Developing the skills necessary for autonomous research.
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Programme

The course aims to introduce students to the knowledge of the main currents of Western philosophy. Through the reading of classical texts, it aims to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of the historical, epistemological, and methodological foundations of historical-philosophical research. By indicating the difficulties presented by the texts and the different possible interpretative solutions, it also aims to stimulate the student's critical reflection and autonomy of judgment. Particular attention will be given to the knowledge of topics that promote the development of cultural and professional competence in the educational and training field.

This year's course program is as follows:
Happy during our life? The question of happiness in the history of Western philosophy.

In its first part, the course will offer an overall view which will allow the student to compare the theories of the main authors of Western philosophy.

The second part is devoted to the main theories of happiness, within the framework of Western philosophy, from Socrates to Nietzsche, with a final reflection on the situation in today's culture.

Core Documentation

For the first part of general order:
F. Girgenti, S. Aurora, Introduzione alla storia della filosofia. Dai Greci al Novecento, Pearson, Milano-Torino 2022

For the second part, concerning happiness:
F. de Luise – G. Farinetti, I Filosofi parlano di felicità, 2 voll., PBE, Einaudi, Torino 2014 (Mappe 51-52).
A file with the exact list of texts will be uploaded to the teaching platform.


Type of delivery of the course

The course will involve a series of lectures, conducted mainly remotely on the Teams platform. These two modes will be implemented: 1) in synchronous mode, with the possibility of also being present in the classroom. 2) in asynchronous mode, through video-recorded lectures. In addition, other sources such as podcasts, annotated slides and other materials will be added to support students in studying the examination material

Attendance

The lectures are all recorded. Attendance at synchronous activities is optional, but highly recommended.

Type of evaluation

The final evaluation is conducted through a final written test that takes place in the University's computer labs. The evaluation will consist of a written test to be taken at the online platform hosted by the University, comprising 28 or 30 multiple-choice questions and 1 or 2 open-ended questions. The assessment will differentiate between insufficient (1-17) and sufficient (18-30) evaluations. An insufficient evaluation will be given if the majority of answers are missing or contain significant gaps or errors. Within the sufficient evaluations, a range from 18 to 30 will be proposed. Since the maximum final score attainable on the test is 32 points, those who score over 30 points may receive honors. It is also noted that the final evaluation will take into account participation in the educational forum and the quality of contributions. Valid participation in the forum may contribute to the final evaluation with a score ranging from 1 to 3 points, which will be added to the test score.