The History of Religions, based on the comparative method, is open by vocation to the universality of religious facts. Alien as it is, by particularisms axiological evaluations, this discipline represent in the age of globalization an essential instrument of education to pluralism and the recognition of otherness. Starting from this methodological structure, the course aims to analyze some key concepts concerning the study of religions and some concrete cases.

  • Aims and content
    • LEARNING OUTCOMES

      The aim of the course is the acquisition of adequate methodological, historical and theoretical understanding, and of a heuristic and judgment autonomy. A closely related aim is to promote a correct and mature evaluation of the religious issues of our globalized and interreligious time, as well as orient in the peculiar problems concerning personal and collective life.

      AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

      To develop the ability to engage in constructive dialogue regarding questions of religious faith and values as they are encountered in local and global cultures.

      SYLLABUS/CONTENT

      Contents for students who are taking the 6-CFU course:

       

      Part I: Introduction to the History of Religions

      The first part introduce the method and object proper to the History of religions, as well as the most peculiar themes of historical-religious research. Finally, it aims to offer a critical and problematic view of the religious phonomenon in itself and in its historical dimension.

       

      Contents for students who are taking the 9-CFU course:

       

      Part I: Introduction to the History of Religions

      Part II: Jan Assmann and the problem of religious violence: from the Egyptian mysteries to the Enlightenment

       

      The second part investigates the genealogical-historical research of the renowned Egyptologist Jan Assmann. Moving from Egyptian premises it focuses on the studies about Monotheism, the concept of Mosaic distinction and the more recent heuristic developments contained in the last works of the german scholar.

      RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

      G. Sfameni Gasparro, Introduzione alla storia delle religioni, Editori Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2011.

      G. Filoramo, Religione e religioni, Egea, Milano 2014.

       

      Two books among the following ones:

       

      J. Assmann, Religio duplex. Misteri egizi e Illuminismo europeo, Morcelliana, Brescia 2017.

      J. Assmann, Il disagio dei monoteismi. Sentieri teorici e autobiografici, Morcelliana, Brescia 2016.

      J. Assmann, Religione totale. Origini e forme dell’inasprimento puritano, Lonenzo de’ Medici Press, Firenze 2017.

      URL Aula web
      HISTORY OF RELIGIONS
      https://2018.aulaweb.unige.it/course/view.php?id=4680
  • Who
  • How
    • TEACHING METHODS
      EXAM DESCRIPTION
      ASSESSMENT METHODS

      The exam consists of an interview aimed at assessing the candidates’ knowledge of the contents and the bibliography list of the course. Attending students (also in a group) can write and present a short paper in class that will be taken into account for the overall mark.

  • Where and when
    • URL Aula web
      HISTORY OF RELIGIONS
      https://2018.aulaweb.unige.it/course/view.php?id=4680
      LESSONS START

      February 12, 2019

      OFFICE HOURS FOR STUDENTS
      Elisabetta Colagrossi

      First semester: Monday 10-12 PM (DAFIST, Philosophy Section via Balbi 4, 2nd floor)

      Second semester: Thursday 10-12 PM (DAFIST, Philosophy Section via Balbi 4, 2nd floor)

      Sessions
      Date Time Type Place Notes
      20 maggio 2019 10:00 Orale Genova L'esame si svolgerà presso lo studio della docente (DAFIST, Sez. Filosofia,V. Balbi 4, II p.)
      3 giugno 2019 10:00 Orale Genova L'esame si svolgerà presso lo studio della docente (DAFIST, Sez. Filosofia,V. Balbi 4, II p.)
      17 giugno 2019 10:00 Orale Genova L'esame si svolgerà presso lo studio della docente (DAFIST, Sez. Filosofia,V. Balbi 4, II p.)
      4 luglio 2019 10:00 Orale Genova L'esame si svolgerà presso lo studio della docente (DAFIST, Sez. Filosofia,V. Balbi 4, II p.)
      12 settembre 2019 10:00 Orale Genova L'esame si svolgerà presso lo studio della docente (DAFIST, Sez. Filosofia,V. Balbi 4, II p.)
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