The course compares the two approaches of human sciences and natural sciences by focusing on contemporary theoretical issues in biological and psychological research.

 

  • Aims and content
    • LEARNING OUTCOMES

      The aim of the course is to overview the differences between the typical methodologies of human, social and natural sciences by referring to the ongoing scientific debate. Students will be asked to read and carefully analyze the proposed materials.

       

       

      AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

      The aims of the course are: Outlining the different approaches generally adopted in human sciences and natural sciences, as well as developing the analytic skills and the conceptual tools required for making rigorous arguments; Analyzing theoretical notions such as that of reductionism and naturalism by referring to how human sciences interact with biological and psychological sciences; Learning to critically analyze theoretical issues in biology and psychology through the lenses of human sciences.

       

      After the course, students will be able to: Explain and summarize important publications in human sciences by means of proper conceptual and linguistic devices; Apply philosophical tools to contemporary scientific issues, with a special focus on those arising from biological and psychological sciences; Critically evaluate the relationship between human and natural sciences by making philosophical connections, arguments and counter-arguments in autonomy.

       

       

       

      SYLLABUS/CONTENT

      During the lectures, it will be analyzed the controversial relationship between human and natural sciences with respect to contemporary theoretical issues in philosophy of biology and psychology: the topic of reductionism; the nature/nurture problem and its widespread interpretations (e.g., inheritance vs. learning, genes vs. environment); the biological basis of human psychological traits such as intelligence. By analyzing these topics, it will be shown that achieving a deeper understanding of living beings requires an interdisciplinary dialogue between human and natural sciences.

      RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

      Studenti frequentanti

      1) One of the following books:

      - Cianciolo, A. T., & Sternberg, R. (2004). Breve storia dell’intelligenza. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2007.

      - Dupré, J. (2001). Natura Umana. Perché la scienza non basta. Roma: Laterza, 2007.

      - Marcus, G. (2004). La nascita della mente. Come un piccolo numero di geni crea la complessità del pensiero umano. Torino: Codice Edizioni, 2008.

      - Rutter, M. (2006). Genes and Behavior. Nature-Nurture Interplay Explained. Oxford: Blackwell.

      - Sarkar, S. (2008). Genetics and Reductionism. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

      - More readings will be suggested during lectures. 

       

      2) A brief talk or an essay on a topic to be agreed with the lecturer.

       

      3) For students who have not attended any course of Philosophy of Science during the bachelor’s degree:
      - Galavotti, M. C., & Campaner, R. (2017). Filosofia della scienza. Milano: EGEA. 

       

       

      Studenti NON frequentanti

      1) One of the following books:

      - Galavotti, M. C., & Campaner, R. (2017). Filosofia della scienza. Milano: EGEA --> obbligatorio per chi NON abbia seguito il corso triennale di Filosofia della scienza.

      - Snow, C. P. (1963). Le due culture.Venezia: Marsilia Editore, 2005.

       

      2) One of the following books:

      - Borghini, A., & Casetta, E. (2013). Filosofia della biologia. Roma: Carocci.

      - De Caro, M., & Macarthur, D. (2005). La mente e la natura. Per un naturalismo liberalizzato. Roma: Fazi Editore.

      - Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Philosophy of Biology. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

      - Griffiths, P., & Stotz, K. (2013). Genetics and Philosophy: An Introduction. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

       

      3) One of the following books:

      - Cianciolo, A. T., & Sternberg, R. (2004). Breve storia dell’intelligenza. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2007.

      - Dupré, J. (2001). Natura Umana. Perché la scienza non basta. Roma: Laterza, 2007.

      - Marcus, G. (2004). La nascita della mente. Come un piccolo numero di geni crea la complessità del pensiero umano. Torino: Codice Edizioni, 2008.

      - Rutter, M. (2006). Genes and Behavior. Nature-Nurture Interplay Explained. Oxford: Blackwell.

      - Sarkar, S. (2008). Genetics and Reductionism. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

       

       

      URL Aula web
      PHILOSOPHY OF HUMAN SCIENCES
      https://2018.aulaweb.unige.it/course/view.php?id=2138
      URL timetable
      PHILOSOPHY OF HUMAN SCIENCES
      http://www.scienzeumanistiche.unige.it/didattica/orari
  • Who
    • Teacher(s)
    • Davide Serpico
      davide.serpico@unige.it
    • Exam Board
      53020 - FILOSOFIA DELLE SCIENZE UMANE (LM)
      Maria Cristina Amoretti
      Marcello Frixione
      Michele Marsonet
      Davide Serpico (President)
  • How
    • TEACHING METHODS

      The course will include both frontal lectures and brief talks by students. During the course, researchers from other universities will be invited to give lectures on a variety of topics including philosophy of social sciences, philosophy of medicine, and philosophy of neuroscience.

      Registration via Aulaweb is mandatory as further material for the preparation of the exam will be uploaded.

       

       

      EXAM DESCRIPTION

      Studenti frequentanti: 1) oral examination; 2) A brief talk or an essay. Details about the talk and the essay will be agreed with the lecturer during the course.

      Studenti NON frequentanti: 1) oral examination.

      It is mandatory to register to the course at least one week before the oral examination.

       

       

      ASSESSMENT METHODS

      Studenti frequentanti: the talk during the course (20/30 points) assesses the student’s ability to apply philosophical tools to contemporary scientific issues, with a special focus on biological and psychological sciences, as well as to critically analyze the relationship between human and natural sciences by making philosophical connections, arguments, and counter-arguments in autonomy; the oral examination (10/30) assesses the student’s ability to explain and synthetize publications in philosophy of biology and philosophy of psychology by means of proper conceptual and linguistic devices.

       

      Studenti NON frequentanti: the oral examination assesses the student’s ability to explain and synthetize publications in philosophy of biology and philosophy of psychology by means of proper conceptual and linguistic devices (10/30), to apply philosophical tools to contemporary scientific issues, with a special focus on biological and psychological sciences (10/30), and to critically analyze the relationship between human and natural sciences by making philosophical connections, arguments, and counter-arguments in autonomy.

       

      In both cases, the evaluation will take into account the proper use of philosophical and scientific language, the ability in making critical reasoning, and the quality of the presentation.

       

  • Where and when
    • URL Aula web
      PHILOSOPHY OF HUMAN SCIENCES
      https://2018.aulaweb.unige.it/course/view.php?id=2138
      URL timetable
      PHILOSOPHY OF HUMAN SCIENCES
      http://www.scienzeumanistiche.unige.it/didattica/orari
      LESSONS START

      30th October 2018

       

       

      Sessions
      Date Time Type Place Notes
      20 dicembre 2018 10:00 Orale Genova Gli esami si svolgeranno presso il DAFIST, Sezione Filosofia, Via Balbi 4, II p. Studio Prof. Serpico
      14 gennaio 2019 10:00 Orale Genova Gli esami si svolgeranno presso il DAFIST, Sezione Filosofia, Via Balbi 4, II p. Studio Prof. Serpico
      31 gennaio 2019 10:00 Orale Genova Gli esami si svolgeranno presso il DAFIST, Sezione Filosofia, Via Balbi 4, II p. Studio Prof. Serpico
      23 maggio 2019 10:00 Orale Genova Gli esami si svolgeranno presso il DAFIST, Sezione Filosofia, Via Balbi 4, II p. Studio Prof. Serpico
      7 giugno 2019 10:00 Orale Genova Gli esami si svolgeranno presso il DAFIST, Sezione Filosofia, Via Balbi 4, II p. Studio Prof. Serpico
      3 luglio 2019 10:00 Orale Genova Gli esami si svolgeranno presso il DAFIST, Sezione Filosofia, Via Balbi 4, II p. Studio Prof. Serpico
      18 luglio 2019 10:00 Orale Genova Gli esami si svolgeranno presso il DAFIST, Sezione Filosofia, Via Balbi 4, II p. Studio Prof. Serpico
      10 settembre 2019 10:00 Orale Genova Gli esami si svolgeranno presso il DAFIST, Sezione Filosofia, Via Balbi 4, II p. Studio Prof. Serpico
  • FURTHER INFORMATION
    • Students who cannot attend the lectures are recommended to contact the lecturer.

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