Phenomenology and Hermeneutics

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
This aim of this course is investigating the questions that revolve around the general area of theoretical philosophy, with particular attention to the phenomenological and hermeneutical perspectives; it also addresses the multiple interpretations of individual and social experiences in relation to other disciplines, and investigates the different philosophical theories critically and conceptually.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding
- knowledge of the issues pertaining to phenomenology and hermeneutics in their respective and recent developments, as well as the capacity to evaluate the results obtained critically
- development of a critical awareness of the methods of philosophical enquiry in its different forms, especially in its possibility of deriving observations from other disciplines, whether these may belong to the sciences or not

Ability to apply Knowledge and Understanding
- the ability to apply the knowledge and skills acquired, including those assimilated outside of the thematic tropes dealt with during the course as well as exceeding the boundaries of philosophy as a discipline
- the ability to grapple with the different methods of philosophical enquiry critically and to apply them to new problems, even those which are not strictly philosophical
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
All lectures of Phenomenology and Hermeneutics (= Gnoseologia LM) will take place either synchronically online or in presence according to the current health emergency. As of right now, lectures are all going to take place online on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8.30am to 10.30am - these will be recorded and available to access from Ariel. The online lectures will happen according to the following format: frontal lectures will take up the first 1 hour and a half with no break in between, i.e. from 8.30 to 10am, and will be followed by half an hour of discussion/questions emerging from the lectures, i.e. from 10 to 10.30am.

Any change to the course syllabus will be communicated on Ariel beforehand as will any update on the availability of the texts in the syllabus.
Exams will take place on Teams or in presence, according to how the current situation evolves. Students will receive the necessary instructions and be assigned to specific time slots. In addition to being available in the tables below, examination procedures will be explained during the course and summarized on Ariel.

The course on Phenomenology and Hermeneutics is open to all Master's students in Philosophy as well as to those enrolled in a BA in the Humanities who want to take up credits in Theoretical Philosophy (M-FIL/01).
Course syllabus
Functions and forms of "Mit-sein". Beetween Phenomenology and Anthropology

The course will tackle the functions and forms of inter-human relationships from a philosophical perspective. The course will investigate the problems that 'being-with' poses and interrogate itself on the role that this 'being-with' plays in the constitution of individuality (ontogenesis) and in human existence more generally, so as to explore the different forms that 'being-with' can take on. The course will combine different approaches together by employing philosophical as well as anthropological and psychoanalytical studies.
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of the main themes of contemporary philosophy
Teaching methods
Teaching Resources
Parte in comune per il programma da 6 e 9 CFU:
M.- Merleau-Ponty, Fenomenologia della percezione, Bompiani, Milano 2003 (le parti indicate a lezione e sulla pagina Ariel).
W. Bion, Esperienze nei gruppi, Armando Editore, Roma 2013.

Parte aggiuntiva per il programma da 9 CFU:
M. Tomasello, Diventare umani, Raffaello Cortina, Milano 2019.

Programma d'esame per studenti non frequentanti

Oltre ai testi previsti per gli studenti frequentanti, gli studenti non frequentanti aggiungeranno:

A. Honneth, La libertà negli altri, Il Mulino, Bologna 2017.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The assesment is oral. It consists of a viva voce about the topics of the syllabus, and it is aimed at assessing:

- A detailed knowledge of the themes covered in class;
- The ability to articulate the concepts of the analysed theories;
- The development of the ability to form an independent judgment about the different positions that emerge from the theoretical ideas considered in class;
- The communicative skills in presenting the subject in a clear and well-argued manner, making good use of the appropriate technical terms.
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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