History of philosophy

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-FIL/06
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with a solid basic knowledge of some of the most important concepts in the history of Western philosophy with special focus on the classics. Its educational goals are to enable participants to understand the historical and theoretical meaning of the main philosophical traditions in connection with other doctrines and cultural traditions.
Expected learning outcomes
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student
- knows some of the fundamental aspects of the history of Western philosophy (with special reference to the classics)
- knows the fundamental lexicon of philosophy in its historical evolution
- understands the concepts and lines of argument used by the authors
- understands how sources are used and have evolved in time

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:
At the end of the course, the student
- Can apply the knowledge acquired in reading a classic
- Can apply the knowledge acquired in framing authors and discussion and texts historically
- Can apply the historical lexicon to the analysis and discussion of texts and problems
- Can apply the understanding of concepts and argumentative forms to the analysis of texts and problems
- Can synthesize clearly the knowledge acquired
- Can confront texts at a basic level
Course syllabus and organization

[Blended Learning]

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
The course will be held in the didactical mode 'blended': all lessons will be online, except three lessons face-to-face, whose schedule will be communicated in the first lesson.
The recordings of the lessons will remain available for the entire academic year.

Online environments used:
Moodle: https://labonline.ctu.unimi.it/course/view.php?id=274
Teams: Storia della filosofia 2021/22 Di Bella
code: g2wichm

Students wishing to participate in face-to-face lessons must refer to the following University provisions: https://www.unimi.it/en/study/bachelor-and-master-study/following-your-…

Students wishing to participate in MSTeams lessons must refer to the following technical guides: https://www.unimi.it/en/study/student-services/technology-and-online-se…
To participate in the exam sessions, students must refer to the following provisions:
https://www.unimi.it/en/study/bachelor-and-master-study/following-your-…
Course syllabus
The knowledge of the main outlines of the history of early modern philosophy shall be also acquired by studying a handbook, through which the students will independently apply the methods and the knowledge to the authors and texts considered in class.
Prerequisites for admission
No specific previous knowledge is required.
Teaching methods
Frontal Lessons.
Discussions on the topics of the course, starting from students' questions.
Didactical materials provided on the page Ariel of the course.
Teaching Resources
René Descartes, Meditazioni metafisiche, a cura di S. Landucci, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1997: IV Meditazione, pp. 86-103.
da Tutte le lettere, a cura di G. Belgioioso, Milano: Bompiani. A F. Mesland, 2 maggio 1644 e 9 febbraio 1645, pp. 1911-1913 e 1968-1971.
René Descartes, I princìpi della filosofia, in Opere filosofiche, vol. 3, Laterza, Bari: parte I, articolo 6; articoli 29-46, pp. 36-44;
Thomas Hobbes, Libertà e necessità, in Libertà e necessità, a cura di A. Longega, Bompiani, Milano, 2000, pp. 47-121.
Baruch Spinoza, Etica, a cura di S. Landucci, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2009 (e ristampe successive): parte I, prop. 16-17; 26-33; parte II, Prop. 48-49 e Scolio. (Si possono anche utilizzare le traduzioni di E. Giancotti, pubblicata da Editori Riuniti, e di A. Sangiacomo, pubblicata da Bompiani.)
John Locke, Saggio sull'intelletto umano, UTET, Torino, 1970 (e ristampe successive): libro II, cap. XXI (L'idea di potere), pp. 279-341.
G. W. Leibniz, Nuovi saggi sull'intelletto umano, in Scritti filosofici, a cura di M. Mugnai ed E. Pasini, UTET, Torino, 2000, vol. II: libro II, cap. XXI (Della potenza e della libertà), pp. 146-189;
G. W. Leibniz, "Riflessioni sull'opera pubblicata in inglese da Thomas Hobbes, su libertà, necessità, e caso", in Saggi di teodicea, a cura di V. Mathieu, Zanichelli, Bologna, 1973: Appendice I, pp. 443-454;
David Hume, Ricerca sull'intelletto umano, Laterza, Bari, sez. VIII (Libertà e necessità), pp. 104-131.
I. Kant, Critica della ragione pura, a cura di C. Esposito, Bompiani, Milano, 2004: Dialettica trascendentale, III Antinomia (pp. 676-685) e sua soluzione (pp. 785-819)
I. Kant, Critica della ragione pratica, in Scritti morali, a cura di P. Chiodi, UTET, Torino, 1970 (e ristampe successive): Delucidazione critica dell'analitica della ragione pura pratica (pp. 232-251). (Si possono anche utilizzare le traduzioni di V. Mathieu, pubblicata da Bompiani, e P. Gamberini, pubblicata da Rusconi.)

In order to acquire the required basic knowledge of the history of modern philosophy:
G. Cambiano, L. Fonnesu, M. Mori (a cura di), La filsofia moderna. Il Seicento e il Settecento. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2018.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam includes a written test as a preliminary step. The oral exam addresses all the topics dealt with in the course. Marks are out of 30.
Unita' didattica A
M-FIL/06 - HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-FIL/06 - HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-FIL/06 - HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours

[Presenza]

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
The lessons will be held in dual mode. The face-to-face lessons will allow the participation of students connected with MSTeams as well as students in the classroom.
The recordings of the lessons will remain available until the Monday of the following week.

Online environments used:
Moodle: https://labonline.ctu.unimi.it/course/view.php?id=275
Teams: keycode unekzos

Students wishing to participate in face-to-face lessons must refer to the following University provisions: https://www.unimi.it/en/study/bachelor-and-master-study/following-your-…

Students wishing to participate in MSTeams lessons must refer to the following technical guides: https://www.unimi.it/en/study/student-services/technology-and-online-se…
To participate in the exam sessions, students must refer to the following provisions:
https://www.unimi.it/en/study/bachelor-and-master-study/following-your-…
Course syllabus
The course unfolds in two parts. The first part will provide a general survey of the history of early modern philosophy through the reading of highly significant paradigmatic texts following the leading thread of the debate on freedom and determinism. The second part will consolidate the competences acquired in the first part by reading and commenting further selected texts on the same issues. The texts will be read in Italian translation.
The knowledge of the main outlines of the history of early modern philosophy shall be also acquired by studying a handbook, through which the students will independently apply the methods and the knowledge to the authors and texts considered in class.
Prerequisites for admission
No specific previous knowledge is required beyond what is required for enrolling in the study programme.
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons, with PowerPoint presentations, along with discussions on the texts and the topics of the course.
Teaching Resources
(A list of literature in English is available upon request to the instructor.)

Literature for 6 and 9 CFU:

G. Cambiano, L. Fonnesu, M. Mori, (a cura di), La filosofia moderna. Il Seicento e il Settecento, Bologna, il Mulino, 2018.

René Descartes, Meditazioni metafisiche, a cura di S. Landucci, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1997: IV Meditazione, pp. 86-103.
René Descartes, I princìpi della filosofia, in Opere filosofiche, vol. 3, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1995: parte I, articolo 6; articoli 29-46, pp. 36-44;
Thomas Hobbes, Libertà e necessità, in Libertà e necessità, a cura di A. Longega, Bompiani, Milano, 2000, pp. 47-121.
Baruch Spinoza, Etica, a cura di S. Landucci, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2009 (e ristampe successive): parte I, prop. 16-17; 26-33; parte II, Prop. 48-49 e Scolio. (Si possono anche utilizzare le traduzioni di E. Giancotti, pubblicata da Editori Riuniti, e di A. Sangiacomo, pubblicata da Bompiani.)
John Locke, Saggio sull'intelletto umano, UTET, Torino, 1970 (e ristampe successive): libro II, cap. XXI (L'idea di potere), pp. 279-341.
G. W. Leibniz, Nuovi saggi sull'intelletto umano, in Scritti filosofici, a cura di M. Mugnai ed E. Pasini, UTET, Torino, 2000, vol. II: libro II, cap. XXI (Della potenza e della libertà), pp. 146-189;
G. W. Leibniz, "Riflessioni sull'opera pubblicata in inglese da Thomas Hobbes, su libertà, necessità, e caso", in Saggi di teodicea, a cura di V. Mathieu, Zanichelli, Bologna, 1973: Appendice I, pp. 443-454

NB: The programme includes the texts given in the Powerpoint slides that are presented in class and will be available on the Ariel website of the class. 


Further literature for 9 CFU:
David Hume, Ricerca sull'intelletto umano, Laterza, Bari, sez. VIII (Libertà e necessità), pp. 104-131.
I. Kant, Critica della ragione pura, a cura di C. Esposito, Bompiani, Milano, 2004: Dialettica trascendentale, III Antinomia (pp. 676-685) e sua soluzione (pp. 785-819)
I. Kant, Critica della ragione pratica, in Scritti morali, a cura di P. Chiodi, UTET, Torino, 1970 (e ristampe successive): Delucidazione critica dell'analitica della ragione pura pratica (pp. 232-251). (Si possono anche utilizzare le traduzioni di V. Mathieu, pubblicata da Bompiani, e P. Gamberini, pubblicata da Rusconi.)

NB: The programme includes the texts given in the Powerpoint slides that are presented in class and will be available on the Ariel website of the class. 


Per non frequentanti:

For non-attending students:
besides the texts listed above:

M. Priarolo, Il determinismo: storia di un'idea, Carocci, Roma, 2011.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam includes at least one preliminary mandatory written test focusing on the general knowledge of the history of philosophy which the students have acquired during the course and through the independent study. No texts or handbooks can be used during the test. The grade given to the written test on a 30 points scale will be calculated in average with the grade given to the oral exam.
The oral exam will include some questions on the main part of the programme and on the additional part, if the exam is taken for 9 credits. The students will be evaluated as to their capacity to organize and formulate their knowledge and as to their critical reflection on the programme. The instructor will consider the quality of their exposition, the appropriate use of the specific vocabulary, the clarity in presentation.
The final grade will be given on a 30 points scale.
Unita' didattica A
M-FIL/06 - HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-FIL/06 - HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-FIL/06 - HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Wednesday 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 a.m. In the week 20-25 September: Wendesday, 22, h 9.30-10.30, h 13.30-15.30
On Microsoft Teams, Team "Ricevimento SDB" . Access Code: ourk7ks