PHILOSOPHICAL PROPEDEUTICS

PHILOSOPHICAL PROPEDEUTICS

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Last update 16/09/2020 09:30
Code
56210
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
9 credits during the 1st year of 8455 Philosophy (L-5) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-FIL/01
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Philosophy)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course is designed for the students on their second year of the first cycle degree program in Philosophy; it is aimed at introducing the main theoretical problems in philosophy. The course will address ontological and epistemological themes, using basic philosophical terminology (Being vs. beings, becoming, science, belief, opinion).

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Acquiring a general knowledge of theoretical philosophy, moral philosophy, and metaphysics. Mastering the basic philosophical terminology (Being vs. beings, is-ought problem, substance, accident, nothing, becoming, nature, good, evil) needed to read a classic; acquiring the basic notions which are essential to the study of philosophical currents and problems. 

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.

PREREQUISITES

The course is aimed at first year students.

Teaching methods

Lecture: introduction and presentation of the themes, reading and commentary of the Platonic and Aristotelian texts, clarification of the doubts and answers to the students' questions.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Contents for students who are taking the 6-CFU course

Part 1 (6 CFU)
Lecturer: Francesco CAMERA
Topic: The philosopher and the features of philosophical activity in Plato.
The Republic is Plato's most important and widely-known dialog; it reflects – and it is a synthesis of – the complexity and the great extent of his philosophical research. The course will offer a thematic reading of the central books (V, VI, VII, 473a-541b) focusing on ethical, political, ontological, and epistemological aspects. In particular, the course will analyze the figure of the philosopher (the difference between a philosopher, a sophist and a rhetor) and will analyze dialogic-dialectic philosophical activity as a specific, essential activity of the human being, by addressing problems that are still relevant today. 

Contents for students who are taking the 9-CFU course

Part 1 (6 CFU)
Lecturer: Francesco CAMERA
Topic: The philosopher and the features of philosophical activity in Plato.
The Republic is Plato's most important and widely-known dialog; it reflects – and it is a synthesis of – the complexity and the great extent of his philosophical research. The course will offer a thematic reading of the central books (V, VI, VII, 473a-541b) focusing on ethical, political, ontological, and epistemological aspects. In particular, the course will analyze the figure of the philosopher (the difference between a philosopher, a sophist and a rhetor) and will analyze dialogic-dialectic philosophical activity as a specific, essential activity of the human being, by addressing problems that are still relevant today. 

Part 2 (3 CFU)
Lecturer: Gerardo CUNICO

Fundamentals of metaphysics (from Aristotle)
The course will present the questions and basic notions of metaphysical tradition, with a special focus on reading and commenting relevant parts of Aristotle's Metaphysics (books I [1-3], IV [1-4], VI, XII) – a fundamental text for western philosophy.

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: FRANCESCO CAMERA Office hours Monday 10-12 AM (DAFIST, Philosophy Section via Balbi 4, 2nd floor)

Exam Board

FRANCESCO CAMERA (President)

ROBERTO CELADA BALLANTI

EDOARDO SIMONOTTI (Substitute)

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lecture: introduction and presentation of the themes, reading and commentary of the Platonic and Aristotelian texts, clarification of the doubts and answers to the students' questions.

LESSONS START

October 1, 2020.

EXAMS

Exam description

Oral exam.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of an oral interview. The expected learning outcomes will be assessed according to the following criteria: the acquisition of the basic vocabulary used in the lesson, the understanding and presentation of the basic concepts illustrated in the texts indicated in the program.

Pre-registration is required

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance is strongly recommended. Those who are unable to attend, please contact the teacher.