PHILOSOPHY OF HUMAN SCIENCES

PHILOSOPHY OF HUMAN SCIENCES

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Code
53020
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
6 credits during the 1st year of 8465 Philosophical Methods (LM-78) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-FIL/02
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Philosophical Methods)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course analyzes and compares the two approaches of human and natural sciences by focusing on contemporary theoretical issues in historical and social 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, social, and natural sciences; Developing the analytic skills and conceptual tools required for making rigorous arguments; Analyzing theoretical notions such as that of reductionism and determinism by referring to how human sciences interact with natural sciences; Learning to critically analyze theoretical issues in sociology and historical sciences through the lenses of human sciences.

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

PREREQUISITES

None.

Teaching methods

The course will include lectures delivered by the professor and brief presentations delivered by students (not mandatory). During the course, researchers from other universities might be invited to deliver lectures on related topics.

Registration to the course’s Aulaweb page is mandatory as further material for the preparation of the exam will be uploaded therein.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

During the lectures, it will be analyzed the controversial relationship between human and natural sciences with respect to contemporary theoretical issues such as: reductionism, determinism, and free will; the nature/culture problem; the historical basis of human psychological traits such as intelligence. Through these topics, it will be shown how achieving a deeper understanding of living beings requires an interdisciplinary dialogue between human, social, and natural sciences.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

1) Mandatory textbook:

- T. Brenton, I. Craib, Filosofia della scienza sociale, UTET, Torino 2010.

 

2) One of the following books:

- D. Davidson, Soggettivo, intersoggettivo, oggettivo, Cortina Editore, Milano 2003.

- P.K. Feyerabend, Contro il metodo, Feltrinelli, Milano 2013.

- P.K. Feyerabend, Addio alla ragione, Armando, Roma 1990.

- T.S. Kuhn, La struttura delle rivoluzioni scientifiche, Einaudi, Torino 2009.

- K.R. Popper, Miseria dello storicismo, Feltrinelli, Milano 2013.

 - K.R. Popper, Congetture e confutazioni, Il Mulino, Bologna 2009.

- R. Rorty, La filosofia dopo la filosofia, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2017.

- C.P. Snow, Le due culture, Marsilio Editore, Venezia 2005.

- M. Weber, Il metodo delle scienze storico-sociali, Einaudi, Torino 2003.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: On appointment, Department DAFIST, via Balbi 4, 2nd floor.

Exam Board

MICHELE MARSONET (President)

MARIA CRISTINA AMORETTI

MARCELLO FRIXIONE (Substitute)

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The course will include lectures delivered by the professor and brief presentations delivered by students (not mandatory). During the course, researchers from other universities might be invited to deliver lectures on related topics.

Registration to the course’s Aulaweb page is mandatory as further material for the preparation of the exam will be uploaded therein.

LESSONS START

23 febbraio 2021

Teams code: y3ee6wv

ORARI

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PHILOSOPHY OF HUMAN SCIENCES

EXAMS

Exam description

Oral examination (30 points out of 30). Students will have the possibility to replace part of the assessment (20 points out of 30) with a brief presentation during lessons. Details about the presentation will be agreed with the professor.

Assessment methods

The oral examination and the presentation during lessons (not mandatory) assess the student’s ability in: synthetizing and illustrating materials in philosophy of human and natural sciences by means of appropriate conceptual and linguistic approaches (10 points out of 30); applying philosophical tools to contemporary scientific issues, with a special focus on psychological and biological ones (10 points out of 30); critically analyzing the relationship between human and natural sciences by making philosophical connections, arguments, and counter-arguments in autonomy (10 points out of 30).

 

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
13/05/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale
03/06/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale
17/06/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale
08/07/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale
07/09/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students unable to attend lectures are recommended to contact the professor before the examination. Lectures will be delivered in Italian. However, it is possible to take the oral examination as well as receiving materials in English.