History of ancient philosophy

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-FIL/07
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to offer a brief knowledge of the history of ancient philosophy. The course also provide the ability to analyze and interpret the most up-to-date texts of the main reference authors and introduce the awareness of the perspective and historical distance, as well as of the problems related to it (with particular reference to the use of historiographical knowledge for the purposes of contemporary philosophical research). Finally, the course aims to provide the minor and conceptual tools suitable for historical-philosophical communication, with particular reference to ancient thought, both scientific and popular.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding:

- In-depth knowledge of the history of ancient philosophy through comparison between classic texts written by fundamental authors
- understanding of the theoretical and historical significance of the texts
- understanding of some central nodes of ancient thought
- full awareness of the transformation over time of concepts and argumentative forms in relation to language and reality.
Skills:
- Ability to critically apply the knowledge learned in reading and commenting on complex and ancient philosophical, framing them historically.
- Ability to apply the acquired knowledge on ancient thought, specifically on the relationship between language and reality.
Course syllabus and organization

(A-K)

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
The course will take place according to three different modalities: synchronous lessons (live via Microsoft Teams), asynchronous lessons (recorded in audio mode and audio-commented slides) and face-to-face Q&A (compatibly with the health situation). The meetings in attendance will take place according to University's instructions.
Course syllabus
The course has the following objectives: knowledge of the fundamental positions of the main authors and schools of ancient philosophy, through the reading of a selection of texts, different for period and style; understanding of the fundamental philosophical lexicon of the discipline; ability to critically and autonomously apply the knowledge to fundamental philosophical texts.
The course is structured in two parts. In the first part, starting from the texts of the most relevant authors, a general picture of the history of ancient philosophy will be given. The second part is intended to strengthen the skills acquired in the first part, through the reading of some fundamental texts of the discipline (Presocratics, Sophists, Aristotle). The texts will be read in Italian translation.
Knowledge of the general lines of the history of ancient philosophy will also be acquired through the study of a manual, urging the student to apply the method and knowledge acquired to the authors and to the problems presented in the scheduled text.
Prerequisites for admission
No specific requirements other than those required for access to the course of studies
Teaching methods
Synchronous and asynchronous frontal lessons; audio-commented slides; in-presence Q&A meetings.
Teaching Resources
Readings and assignments for attending students:

Please contact the teacher to agree on a bibliography in English

9 CFU (= 60 hrs.):
1. F. Trabattoni, La filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
2. Dispensa A - Frammenti e testimonianze dei presocratici (disponibile su Ariel)
3. Aristotele, Fisica, libro I (la traduzione sarà resa disponibile dai Docenti su Ariel)
4. Aristotele, Metafisica, libro I, Laterza (è possibile utilizzare altre traduzioni)
5. Dispensa B - Materiali per l'unità didattica C
6. Erodoto, Storie, vol. I, libri I-II, BUR

6 CFU (40 hrs.):
1. F. Trabattoni, La filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
2. Dispensa A - Frammenti e testimonianze dei presocratici (disponibile su Ariel)
3. Aristotele, Fisica, libro I (la traduzione sarà resa disponibile dai Docenti su Ariel)
4. Aristotele, Metafisica, libro I, Laterza (è possibile utilizzare altre traduzioni)

Readings and assignments for non-attending students:

9 CFU:
1. F. Trabattoni, La filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
2. Due saggi a scelta tra i seguenti:
a. F. Trabattoni, La filosofia di Platone. Verità e ragione umana, Carocci
b. M. Bonazzi, Sofisti, Carocci
c. E. Berti, Profilo di Aristotele, Studium
d. A. Falcon, Aristotelismo, Einaudi
e. R. Chiaradonna, Platonismo, il Mulino
3. Un'opera di Platone a scelta tra (si intende comprensiva di introduzione e commento):
a. Fedone, a cura di F. Trabattoni, Einaudi
b. La Repubblica, a cura di M. Vegetti, BUR (libri I, II, IV, V)
c. Fedro, a cura di M. Bonazzi, Einaudi
d. Simposio, a cura di B. Centrone, Einaudi
e. Settima lettera, a cura di F. Forcignanò, Carocci

6 CFU:
1. F. Trabattoni, La filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
2. Un saggio a scelta tra i seguenti:
a. F. Trabattoni, La filosofia di Platone. Verità e ragione umana, Carocci
b. M. Bonazzi, Sofisti, Carocci
c. E. Berti, Profilo di Aristotele, Studium
d. A. Falcon, Aristotelismo, Einaudi
e. R. Chiaradonna, Platonismo, il Mulino
3. Un'opera di Platone a scelta tra (si intende comprensiva di introduzione e commento):
a. Fedone, a cura di F. Trabattoni, Einaudi
b. La Repubblica, a cura di M. Vegetti, BUR (libri I, II, IV, V)
c. Fedro, a cura di M. Bonazzi, Einaudi
d. Simposio, a cura di B. Centrone, Einaudi
e. Settima lettera, a cura di F. Forcignanò, Carocci
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination will take place entirely in oral mode. It will cover both the history of ancient philosophy and the themes and texts discussed in class.
During the oral exam will be evaluated:
- the level of knowledge of the theory (exposition);
- the ability to exemplify concepts (understanding);
- autonomy of judgment in collecting and interpreting the elements useful for solving problems related to the topics of the course (development);
- communication skills in terms of language adequacy in expressing the acquired skills and related problems.
Unita' didattica A
M-FIL/07 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
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

(L-Z)

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
The course will take place according to two different modalities: synchronous lessons (live via Microsoft Teams) and asynchronous lessons (recorded in audio mode). Possible meetings in attendance will take place according to University's instructions.
Course syllabus
The course has the following objectives: knowledge of the fundamental positions of the main authors and schools of ancient philosophy, through the reading of a selection of texts, different for period and style; understanding of the fundamental philosophical lexicon of the discipline; ability to critically and autonomously apply the knowledge to fundamental philosophical texts.
The course is structured in two parts. In the first part, starting from the texts of the most relevant authors, a general picture of the history of ancient philosophy will be given. The second part is intended to strengthen the skills acquired in the first part, through the reading of a fundamental text of the discipline, such as Plato's "Phaedo". The texts will be read in Italian translation.
Knowledge of the general lines of the history of ancient philosophy will also be acquired through the study of a manual, urging the student to apply the method and knowledge acquired to the authors and to the problems presented in the scheduled text.
Prerequisites for admission
No specific requirements other than those required for access to the course of studies.
Teaching methods
Synchronous and asynchronous frontal lessons; audio-commented slides; in-presence Q&A meetings.
Teaching Resources
Attending students:

Program for 6 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (20)
F. Trabattoni, Storia della filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
Platone. Verità e ragione umana, Carocci, edizione 2020

Programme for 9 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (30)
F. Trabattoni, Storia della filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
La filosofia di Platone. Verità e ragione umana, Carocci, edizione 2020.
Plato, Phaedo (ed. Einaudi)

Non-attending students:
Programme for 6 cfu:
F. Trabattoni, Storia della filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
Platone. Verità e ragione umana, Carocci, edizione 2020

Programme for 9 cfu:
F. Trabattoni, Storia della filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
Platone. Verità e ragione umana, Carocci, edizione 2020
Plato, Phaedo (ed. Einaudi)

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 examination will take place entirely in oral mode. It will cover both the history of ancient philosophy and the themes and texts discussed in class.
During the oral exam will be evaluated:
- the level of knowledge of the theory (exposition);
- the ability to exemplify concepts (understanding);
- autonomy of judgment in collecting and interpreting the elements useful for solving problems related to the topics of the course (development);
- communication skills in terms of language adequacy in expressing the acquired skills and related problems.
Unita' didattica A
M-FIL/07 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
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:
Fridays 11:30-14:30. Due to the coronavirus crisis office hours is temporarily suspended. Please be in touch by email (no later than 9 am on Friday) to arrange for a Teams or Zoom meeting
Reception:
Tuesday 10.30-13.30
Office D29, Department of Historical Studies