PHILOSOPHICAL HERMENEUTICS

PHILOSOPHICAL HERMENEUTICS

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Code
65135
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
CREDITS
9 credits during the 2nd year of 8455 Philosophy (L-5) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-FIL/01
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Philosophy)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Presentation

The course is designed for students on their second year of the first cycle degree program in Philosophy; it is aimed at introducing the main topics of  the continental phenomenological- hermeneutic approach in philosophy. The course will study in depth the distinction between knowing and understanding, and between truth and interpretation.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes

Addressing the complex topic of understanding and interpreting as an independent philosophical problem. Learning how to read correctly philosophical texts (with special attention to the classics of western philosophical tradition) through different approaches to texts (literal vs. allegorical method, authorial intent principle, historical contextualization, problematization).

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course the student should be able: to master the terminology of the subject; to treat and discuss its distinctive issues at an advanced level; to assimilate the fundamental concepts and arguments used in the presented texts in a critical and personal form.

Teaching methods

Lectures will be held in presence, if possible. But students will have the oppurtunity to attend online lectures too.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Contents

Contents for students who are taking the 6-CFU course

Understanding as a philosophical problem

The course will outline the main features of the complex phenomena of understanding and interpreting in a hermeneutic perspective; it will refer especially to the text-centered approach (in authors such as Schleiermacher and Dilthey) and the philosophers who outgrew it: Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur and Derrida.

Contents for students who are taking the 9-CFU course

Part 1: Understanding as a philosophical problem

The course will outline the main features of the complex phenomena of understanding and interpreting in a hermeneutic perspective; it will refer especially to the text-centered approach (in authors such as Schleiermacher and Dilthey) and the philosophers who outgrew it: Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur and Derrida.

Part 2: Hermeneutics between thought and action

The relationship between thought and action will be investigated starting from the analysis of texts by Paul Ricoeur and Hannah Arendt.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Readings/Bibliography

The reading list for this course is available on the Italian version of the web page.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: By e-mail appointment.

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lectures will be held in presence, if possible. But students will have the oppurtunity to attend online lectures too.

LESSONS START

The starting date will be communicated as soon as possible. 

EXAMS

Exam description

Assessment Methods

Written and oral exam

The assessment consists in a written exam and an oral exam. Pre-registration required. The 6-CFU exam will assess the knowledge of texts indicated in part 1. The 9-CFU exam will assess the knowledge of all texts (part 1 and 2). 

Assessment methods

Assessment Methods

The exam consists of a written test and an oral interview. The expected learning outcomes will be evaluated according to the following criteria: the acquisition of the basic vocabulary used in class and the understanding and presentation of the basic concepts illustrated in the texts indicated in the program. Pre-registration is required.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance is recommended.