Workshop. The philosophical text: Indexing and writing exercises

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The workshop is aimed at producing a written summary of a philosophical work. Students will be provided with the opportunity to exercise their skills in the close reading of texts that will be analysed in class, so as to better understand their use of specific terms, concepts, and arguments. Students will base themselves on this analytical examination to produce a common summary as a group.
Expected learning outcomes
The workshop aims to develop the following skills:

Critical thinking skills:
By the end of the workshop, students will display a sufficiently independent critical approach in selecting and interpreting the notions that are most relevant their area of study and to the broader socio-cultural context in which they operate

Communication skills:
By the end of the workshop:
- students will be able to effectively communicate the acquired knowledge and disseminate it to the general public;
- student will have developed basic IT skills concerning knowledge preservation and transfer.

Learning skills:
By the end of the workshop, students will have developed the learning skills required to continue their studies in keeping with their own research interests. In order to meet this objective, students will also develop relevant skills in the independent interpretation of sources and in the use of basic IT tool for bibliographic research.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Introduction to text mapping in philosophy
The historical meaning of the chosen text (M. Horkheimer, Eclisse della ragione) is explained
Systematic reading, chapter by chapter, of the text, and related mapping
Discussion, common review, and final publication
The practical course is open to all students undertaking either the degree in Philosophy or the master degree in Philosophical sciences
Prerequisites for admission
No previous knowledge required
Teaching methods
Debate and discussion
Group work
Online writing
Teaching Resources
- M. Horkheimer, Eclisse della ragione. Critica della ragione strumentale, Torino, Einaudi, 1969
- Other texts and documents available on google drive and
Assessment methods and Criteria
The workshop provides the attribution of 3 CFU.
To achieve 3 CFU, the student is required to actively take part in the practical classes and writing a satisfactory text. No grade provided (pass/fail only).
Attendance is compulsory.
- University credits: 3
Humanities workshops: 20 hours
Professor: Baldi Marialuisa