History of ancient philosophy

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-FIL/07
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to offer a clear summary of knowledge of the history of ancient philosophy, combined with the ability to analyze and interpret the most significant texts of the main authors referenced in the course. It also aims to familiarize the student with the historical perspective and distance from modernity of antiquity, as well as the problems associated with such (with particular reference to the use of historiographical knowledge for the purposes of contemporary philosophical research). Finally, the course aims to provide lexical and conceptual tools suitable for historical-philosophical communication, with particular reference to ancient, scientific and popular thought.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: Acquisition of the fundamental lines of the history of ancient philosophy.
The acquisition of a familiarity with the contents, the basic lexicon and the methods of ancient philosophy, with particular reference to Plato.
Skills: Ability to apply the knowledge learned in historically framing the authors and texts of ancient philosophy.
Ability to apply knowledge learned about the ancient philosophical lexicon in the analysis, interpretation and discussion of Plato's "socratic"dialogues.
Students opting not to attend the lessons will be able to make use of the educational tools provided by the instructor on Ariel, deepen their knowledge of main topics through special readings with the agreement with the instructor, and of course contact the instructor either by e-mail and during office hours
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Title of the course: Plato's attitude toward traditional culture and the Sophistic Movement
Module 1: Summary of the History on Ancient Philosophy
Module 2: Plato and the traditional culture
Module 3: Plato and the Sophistic Movement
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission.
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. The teaching is delivered through frontal lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific language of the subject. The major part of the teaching consists of the explanation and commentary of ancient philosophical texts; its aim is to enable the students to acquire interpretative skills and critical attitudes. The teaching is also based on didactic material provided on Ariel.
Teaching Resources
Attending students:
Programme for 6 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (modules 1 and 2)
F. Trabattoni, Storia della filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
F. Trabattoni, Platone, Carocci
Platone: Ione, Ippia Minore, Eutifrone (ed. Einaudi)

Programme for 9 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (modules 1, 2 and 3)
F. Trabattoni, Storia della filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
F. Trabattoni, Platone, Carocci
Plato: Ion, Hippias Minor, Eutiphron (ed. Einaudi), Protagoras (e. BUR)

Non-attending students:
Programme for 6 cfu:
F. Trabattoni, Storia della filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
F. Trabattoni, Platone, Carocci
Platone: Ione, Ippia Minore, Eutifrone (ed. Einaudi)

Programme for 9 cfu:
F. Trabattoni, Storia della filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
F. Trabattoni, Platone, Carocci
Plato: Ion, Hippias Minor, Eutiphron (ed. Einaudi), Protagoras (ed. BUR)

International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is composed of a written test and an oral exam, both compulsory. Passing the written test (with the minimum grade of 18/30) is a necessary condition for being admitted to the oral part. In the written test the knowledge concerning the history of ancient philosophy in general and Plato's thought from a synthetic point of view will be ascertained. In the oral exam it will be ascertained knowledge and skills acquired in the comprehension and commentary of the texts proposed in classroom. Type of evaluation method: mark in 30s
The format of the exam for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the professor, as well as the relevant office.
Unità didattica B
M-FIL/07 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica A
M-FIL/07 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-FIL/07 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Tuesday 10.30-13.30
Office D29, Department of Historical Studies