Descriptive Phenomenology

A.Y. 2021/2022
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
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for the academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
The course aims to discuss and analyze a classic problem in the philosophy of imagination: fiction texts (as well as plays of pretending)
Prerequisites for admission
Basic knowledge in Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind
Teaching methods
Debate and discussion
Teaching Resources
Readings and assignments:

Assignments for both 6 and 9 ECTS exams:
One text among the followings:
- R. Ingarden, L'opera d'arte letteraria, Campostrini, 2011, capitoli
- W. Iser, L'atto della lettura. Il Mulino, Bologna, 1987;
- G. Currie, Narrative and narrators. A philosophy of Stories, OUP, 2011;

2. K. Stock, Only Imagine. Fiction, Interpretation and Imagination, OUP, 2017;
3. C. Barbero, Filosofia della letteratura, Carocci, Roma 2013.

Additional assignments for 9 ECTS exam:
D. Lewis, 'Truth in Fiction.'American Journal of Philosophy 15 (1978): 37-46.
S. Friends, The real foundation of fictional words, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95 (1), 2017, 29-42

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 web page of the course. Students are kindly requested to consult the web 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