ETHICS

ETHICS

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Code
65018
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
9 credits during the 1st year of 8465 Philosophical Methods (LM-78) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-FIL/03
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Philosophical Methods)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

 

Philosophical Ethics is not only the study and critical analysis of customs and institutions historically handed down, but it is especially a philosophically founded research of the Good aimed at the practice and the forming of honest ties. It is the tension of the mortal being towards the eternal, in the distinct but not unrelated ways of life: aesthetic, political, philosophical, religious, scientific. It is the wisdom of good death. It is, in short, the phenomenology of the eternal in the time of mortal existence.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Being able to analyze the origins of Ethics in Greek philosophy, and to question the idea of Ethics as the 'prime philosophy' in modern and contemporary philosophical currents. Getting acquainted with the Platonic-Aristotelian tradition and being able to inquire into the philosophical connections (from Kant onwards) between ethics and metaphysics, ethics and religion, ethics and ontology, ethics and politics, ethics and history. Developing one's independent, critical thinking, one's creative thinking, and the philosophical orienteering abilities needed to face challenges in every domain of life.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course the student should be able to: use the basic vocabulary of the discipline; assimilate the fundamental concepts in a critical and personal form;  discuss in an original way the contents, the evolutionary lines, the permanent problems.

Teaching methods

Lectures 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Contents

Contents for students who are taking the 6-CFU course

 

Ethics, perspective, truth in modern thought

The module deals with the theme of philosophical perspectiveism in modern thought. It is a speculative line that, from Cusano to Leibniz and Nietzsche, intertwining with the problem of the ethics of truth, focuses on the partiality and finitude of the human drawing of truth, always tied to a point of view but also potentially open to communication and the inexhaustible ulteriority of knowing and acting.

 

Contents for students who are taking the 9-CFU course

Part I: Ethics, perspective, truth in modern thought

The module deals with the theme of philosophical perspectiveism in modern thought. It is a speculative line that, from Cusano to Leibniz and Nietzsche, intertwining with the problem of the ethics of truth, focuses on the partiality and finitude of the human drawing of truth, always tied to a point of view but also potentially open to communication and the inexhaustible ulteriority of knowing and acting.

Part II: Figures of the tragic between ethics and psychoanalysis: Prometheus and Antigone

The module will address two figures of literature related to the tragic, Prometheus and Antigone, moving from the most classical philosophical perspective and investing, in the last part, the great psychoanalytic hermeneutics of the twentieth century, in particular Jacques Lacan. Some lessons will be held by prof. D. Venturelli and dr. Roberto Gennaro.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

The reading list for this course, together with the lecturer's suggestions and instructions are available on the Italian version of the web page. 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Thursday 3-4 PM (DAFIST, Philosophy Section via Balbi 4, 2nd floor)

Exam Board

ROBERTO CELADA BALLANTI (President)

GERARDO CUNICO

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lectures 

LESSONS START

February 23, 2021

ORARI

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile su EasyAcademy.

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EXAMS

Exam description

The exam takes place in oral, dialogical form, and focuses mainly on authors and texts, themes and problems discussed during the lessons. The submission of a paper is optional and does not replace the oral exam.

Assessment methods

In the final evaluation will be taken into consideration:

the level of of the lexicon and of the basic notions of the discipline; the level of understanding of philosophical texts in their historical context, but also to in their supra-historical meaning; the ability to critically argue and discuss permanent questions and fundamental ethical questions in innovative and personal forms.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
12/05/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale
28/05/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale
14/06/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale
06/07/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale
09/09/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance and direct contact with the teacher are recommended.