22910258 - Filosofia, formazione e società

The course has the fundamental objective of introducing students to the knowledge of the main philosophical issues typical of modern and contemporary society, with particular attention to the relationship between philosophy, culture and education. Specifically, the course aims to promote students' awareness of the identity and genesis of concepts and constructs that have had and have particular relevance in the educational and business environment and which concern man and his relationship with the world and with society.

The course aims to promote the following specific training objectives in the student:
- know how to distinguish the main philosophical currents, typical of modern and contemporary culture;
- know how to use the language of philosophy appropriately;
- know how to recognize the role of training within society and the importance of philosophy within it;
- know how to produce a critical and reasoned reading of a text, an event or a tendency typical of a culture;
- know how to identify emerging or underlying philosophical doctrines within socio-cultural phenomena;
- knowing how to recognize different levels of relationship between philosophy and self-building;
- knowing how to move in a multidisciplinary context;
- know how to organize a speech using philosophical reading tools of social reality.

Knowledge and understanding.
- knowledge of the main lines of the modern and contemporary philosophical debate and its relations with the other educational sciences;
- ability to distinguish and compare between different lines of cultural development, according to the different philosophical matrices.
- recognition of the relationship between philosophy and training.

Applying knowledge and understanding.
- Knowledge and understanding of the concepts and theories provided by the course;
- ability to recognize the fundamental phases and matrices of contemporary culture;

Making judgments.
- To be able to identify different reading keys of the different cultural phenomena;
- To be able to recognize the fundamental cultural lines that animate contemporary society;
- To be able to identify the basis of self-building and education practices, and cultural influences on them.

Communication skills
- Ability to read and interpret human and social phenomena with greater philosophical competence;
- ability to know how to communicate with congruent philosophical knowledge tools;
- ability to speak publicly about issues related to philosophy and its relationship with society;
- knowing how to create an educational activity by recognizing theoretical assumptions and philosophical contents

Learning skills
- to be able to analyze and critically evaluate - in their fundamental methodological aspects - contemporary cultural trends;
- to be able to reflect and analyze from a philosophical point of view the problems dealing with various social contexts, in particular those related to education and self-building.
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From the Soul to the Self: our idea of Subjectivity and of the Person.

The course aims to focus on the formation of the modern self and our way of conceiving ourselves as subjects and as people. Indeed, our society is undoubtedly based on the individual, conceived as "Self" that emerges from a complex path, which implies a certain way of living the interior, of conceiving one's own subjectivity, of putting the sense of Self in a new way in relation to others.
The path will be divided into two parts:
1) a more strictly historical-philosophical moment, in which to analyze the development of the notions of Soul, Self, Subject;
2) an analysis of how, today, we conceive the notion of Person.

Core Documentation

About the first part, the following texts will be addressed:
Platone, La Repubblica, Bompiani, Milano 2009.
Tommaso d'Aquino, L'anima dell'uomo (testi messi a disposizione dal docente sulla piattaforma).
J. Locke, Saggio sull'intelligenza umana, l. II, cc. 1-2, 9, 20-21,23-27, tr. it. C. Pellizzi, G. Farina, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2011, pp. 93-115, 145-151, 242-310, 325-403.
About the second part:
R. Speamann, Persone. La differenza tra qualcosa e qualcuno, tr. it. L. Allodi, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2005.

Other complementary texts will be made available during the course.

Type of delivery of the course

The course will be carried out mainly through the frontal lesson. Active student interventions or proposals will be encouraged. In the case of an extension of the health emergency from COVID-19, all the provisions that regulate the methods of carrying out the teaching activities and student assessment will be implemented. In particular, the following methods will apply: Distance lessons provided through the "Teams" platform; Use of the Formonline platform for uploading and communicating additional support material.


Given the complexity of the topics, attendance is highly recommended

Type of evaluation

The test will consist of three questions. The candidate will have to demonstrate, for each question, to know how to present and argue, starting from a rather general theme, knowing how to articulate the speech by providing reasons and details.