Workshop. Ulisse in Dialectic of Enlightenment. Writing a review of a philosophical text

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The workshop's objective is to learn how to write a review of a philosophical text. Students will practice their skills in this genre of academic writing by reading selected works in class, filing, summarising, and confronting them with contemporary texts.
Expected learning outcomes
The workshop aims to develop the following skills:
Critical skills
By working on specific sources, students will learn to adapt and apply the acquired skills to their own field of inquiry and to larger sociocultural contexts.
Students will learn to develop independently the analysis of complex topics and of their philosophical, ethic, and social implications.
Communication skills
Students will improve their skills in the communication of the acquired knowledge thanks to an increased competence in the use of philosophical terminology. Moreover, students will also develop the ability to disseminate the acquired knowledge among the general public.
Learning skills
Students will improve their intellectual and analytical skills, preparing themselves for a possible employment in research.
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

Unique edition

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Basic introduction to the fundamentals of writing a review in philosophy; examples of reviews are presented.
The historical meaning of Dialectic of the Elightenment is explained, with special reference to the character of Ulysses as a model of instrumental reason.
The writing groups debate the key topics of the text and the related bibliography. Upon group discussion, the students work together to write, edit and publish the review.

The practical course is open to all students undertaking the master degree in Philosophical sciences
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge required
Teaching methods
Debate and discussion
Group work
Online writing
- M. Horkheimer e Th.W. Adorno, "Dialettica dell'illuminismo", Einaudi, Torino, 2017
- Other texts and documents available on
Assessement methods and criteria
To pass the practical course, the student is required to actively take part in the practical classes and write a satisfactory review. No grade provided (pass/fail only).
Attendance is compulsory.
This practical course provides the attribution of 3 CFU
- University credits: 3
Humanities workshops: 20 hours
Professor: Baldi Marialuisa