Descriptive Phenomenology

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at an in-depth discussion of issues in the general area of theoretical philosophy, discussing also their relationship with other subjects. The problems discussed have to do with the nature of perception, memory, imagination, and the relationship between them.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
- In-depth knowledge of problems in philosophy of mind, as well as ability to critically evaluate the results studied.
- Development of a better familiarity with the research methods in the area of theoretical philosophy; special attention is devoted to opportunities to employ ideas and concepts from other disciplines.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
- Ability to apply the knowledge and critical skills acquired, also outside the specific area of the course and also outside philosophy.
- Ability to critically assess the methods employed in philosophical research and apply them to new problems.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
If possible, the class will be held in part or whole in the presence. If not, the course will be online. The greatest part of the lessons will be attended exclusively by an online audience: remote users will be able to participate in using Microsoft teams. A short number of lessons (about 12 hours) will consist of audio files, texts, slides. Non-synchronous lessons will recap stuff and arguments of the synchronous lessons. Every week students will find on the ariel web page of the course a short self-assessment questionnaire to check their knowledge and comprehension. All lessons (as well as texts, slides,...) will be put at disposal on the ariel web page of the course.
Exam program, as well as readings and assignments for students, will not change.
Unless otherwise indicated, exams will take place online.
Course syllabus
The stubborn Imagination

There are objects and events we experience that are unavoidably under the grasp of a stubborn imagination. Aim of the class is to discuss this particular kind of imaginings which - far from being the outcome of a free choice and decision - depend on their occurrences and contents from perceptual situations.
The first lessons will be devoted to analysing imagination in its general nature. After that, the class will dwell upon three different kinds of stubborn imagination:
- the imagination of expressive properties;
- the imagination of existentially relevant events;
- the imagination of the "ontological infringements"
The concluding remarks will cast a glance to the role that stubborn imagination plays in myth, religion, and poetry.
Prerequisites for admission
Basic knowledge in Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind
Teaching methods
Debate and discussion
Teaching Resources
Readings and assignments (provisional version. The final version will be published in the arie web-page of the course)

Assignments for both 6 and 9 ECTS exams:
one text among the followings:
- K.Walton, Mimesis as Make-Believe, HUP, 1990 (trad. it, Mimesis, Milano 2011);
- G. Currie, I. Ravenscroft, Recreative Minds, OUP, 2002;
- The Routledge Handbook of Imagination, ed. A. Kind, Routledge 2016, part 2;

one group of texts among the followings:
(R. Hursthouse, "Arational Actions, Journal of Philosophy, 88, 2, 1991; P. Spinicci, Le azioni narrative in AAVV, Prassi, cultura, realtà, Mimesis; Milano 2020, PP. 247-259; L. Wittgenstein, Note sul "Ramo d'oro", Adelphi, Milano 1975.

b) P. Spinicci, Dieci lezioni sulle proprietà espressive,…;
c) S. E. Guthrie, Faces in the clouds. A new theory of religion, OUP, 1995

Additional assignments for 9 ECTS exam:

P. Boyer, E l'uomo creò gli dei, Odoya, Città di Castello, 2016;
A. Ichino, Credo in un solo Dio. O me lo immagino? Cortina, Milano 2020.

Lessons, texts, and materials made available on the ariel-web page of the course are part of the exam program.

Eventual changes in the exam program will be announced in the ariel-web page of the course. Students are kindly requested to consult the ariel-we page frequently.
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 parts of 15 minutes each. The first part has to test the knowledge and the understanding of the suggested readings., 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 into 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