Theoretical philosophy

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-FIL/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course has the goal to discuss in depth problems in the general area of theoretical philosophy, focusing not just on the different forms of human experience, on the theories of mind, on the origin and structure of notions, stressing the connections with other disciplines, both scientific (psychology, biology, etc) and not (literature, visual arts) ‒ thereby helping students to develop their analytical skills and recognize the connections between philosophical research and the world of culture in general.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the study path, the student:
- knows the theoretical fundamentals of contemporary philosophy and understands its vocabulary;
- understands the nature of philosophical problems;
- understands the nature and strength of philosophical arguments;
- knows the basic methodological elements of intellectual work in the field of theoretical philosophy,

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
At the end of the study path, the student:
- can put forward and outline the main conceptual contributions of theoretical philosophy
- is able to identify philosophical topics and problems in philosophical and non-philosophical contexts;
- can frame the key authors and related themes in a historical and contemporary perspective ù
- is able to support her /his claims with arguments;
- can approach general issues by adopting the appropriate methodological perspectives and discuss the
arguments of various authors making use of an adequate lexicon.
- can apply knowledge for the purpose of making comments to the texts pertaining to the discipline.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Perception and its Object
Aim of the class is to expose in a historical and theoretic fashion the philosophical debate on the nature of the object of perception. Several different theories will be analysed during the first two parts of the class. The last part of the class will be devoted to discussing the relationship between scepticism and externalistic theories of perception.
The course is open to all students of the degree course in Philosophy and to all students of other degree courses of "Scienze umanistiche"
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge is needed
Teaching methods
Lectures
Debate and discussion
Teaching Resources
Readings and assignments for attending students:

Assignments for both 6 and 9 ECTS exams:

- P. Spinicci, Il paradosso della percezione, Mimesis, Milano 2019
- J. Locke, Saggio sull'intelligenza umana, Laterza, Roma Bari 2011, libro II, capitoli 1-12
- G. Berkeley, Saggio per una nuova teoria della visione, Guerini, Milano 1995
- E. Husserl, La crisi delle scienze europee, Il Saggiatore, Milano 2015, §§ 10-24

Additional assignments for 9 ECTS exam:
- H. Putnam, Cervelli in una vasca in Ragione, verità e storia, Il Saggiatore, Milano, 1985;
- H. Putnam, Mente, corpo, mondo, a cura di Eva Picardi, tr. it. di Elisabetta Sacchi Sgarbi, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2003;


Readings and assignments for non-attending students:

Assignments for both 6 and 9 ECTS exams:

- P. Spinicci, Il paradosso della percezione, Mimesis, Milano 2019
- J. Locke, Saggio sull'intelligenza umana, Laterza, Roma Bari 2011, libro II, capitoli 1-12
- G. Berkeley, Saggio per una nuova teoria della visione, Guerini, Milano 1995
- E. Husserl, La crisi delle scienze europee, Il Saggiatore, Milano 2015, §§ 10-24;
- C. Calabi, Filosofie della percezione, Laterza, Roma Bari 2015

Additional assignments for 9 ECTS exam:
- H. Putnam, Cervelli in una vasca in Ragione, verità e storia, Il Saggiatore, Milano, 1985;
- H. Putnam, Mente, corpo, mondo, a cura di Eva Picardi, tr. it. di Elisabetta Sacchi Sgarbi, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2003;
Assessment methods and Criteria
Both for attending and non-attending students, the final examination consists of an oral exam of about 30 minutes, divided into two equal parts. The first part has to test the knowledge and the understanding of the program., where the second part has to text the ability to analyze and discuss short quotes from the readings of the examination program.
Attending students can submit a short paper (about 5000 words) on topics related to the class. The clarity in the exposition and the solidity in argumentative construction will be taken in account for evaluating the paper. Essays will not receive an autonomous mark. They will be discussed during the oral examination and they will contribute to the definition of the final grade.
Evaluation criteria:
- knowledge of the theoretical aspects of the topics discusses during the course (exposition);
- ability to exemplify concepts (understanding);
- ability to apply concepts (development);
- linguistic skills
Unita' didattica A
M-FIL/01 - THEORETICAL PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-FIL/01 - THEORETICAL PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-FIL/01 - THEORETICAL PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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