Theoretical philosophy

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-FIL/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course has the goal to discuss in depth problems in the general area of theoretical philosophy, focusing not just on the different forms of human experience, on the theories of mind, on the origin and structure of notions, stressing the connections with other disciplines, both scientific (psychology, biology, etc) and not (literature, visual arts) ‒ thereby helping students to develop their analytical skills and recognize the connections between philosophical research and the world of culture in general.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the study path, the student:
- knows the theoretical fundamentals of contemporary philosophy and understands its vocabulary;
- understands the nature of philosophical problems;
- understands the nature and strength of philosophical arguments;
- knows the basic methodological elements of intellectual work in the field of theoretical philosophy,

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
At the end of the study path, the student:
- can put forward and outline the main conceptual contributions of theoretical philosophy
- is able to identify philosophical topics and problems in philosophical and non-philosophical contexts;
- can frame the key authors and related themes in a historical and contemporary perspective ù
- is able to support her /his claims with arguments;
- can approach general issues by adopting the appropriate methodological perspectives and discuss the
arguments of various authors making use of an adequate lexicon.
- can apply knowledge for the purpose of making comments to the texts pertaining to the discipline.
Course syllabus and organization

[A]

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
During the ongoing covid emergency, the course syllabus will be maintained with the following changes made to enhance the effectiveness of the online version of the course, which was originally designed for face-to-face teaching.
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 [for 24 hours / until the Monday of the following week / until the end of the lessons / for the entire semester / for the entire academic year]

Online environments used: ariel - https://pspiniccift.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.asp

Teams (keycode in Ariel) - v1xdjel
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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
Is our experience of the world shaped by a realistic instance or does it come from an interpretation strictly connected with the forms of our Bildung? The program of theoretical philosophy of this year will deal with this subject, discussing, on one hand, education and Bildung in Nietzsche, on the other hand going through the analysis of different sides of realism in perception.
Prerequisites for admission
Prior knowledge is not requested, except what is required for the admission to the Degree Course in Philosophy.
Teaching methods
Lectures
Debate and discussion
Teaching Resources
Readings and assignments:

Assignments for both 6 and 9 ECTS exams:
1. D. Hoffman, L'illusione della realtà. Come l'evoluzione ci inganna sul mondo che vediamo, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2020, chapters 1-5;
2. J. Searle, Vedere le cose come sono. Teoria della percezione, Cortina, Milano 2016
3. one text among the followings:
- W. Fish, Philosophy of Perception: A Contemporary Introduction, Routledge, 2010, capitoli 1-6;
- C. Calabi, Filosofia della percezione, Laterza Bari 2011;

Additional assignments for 9 ECTS exam:
J. L. Austin, Sensa and Sensibilia, OUP, 1961

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 on the web page of the course. Students are kindly requested to consult the web page of the course 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 equal parts. The first part has to test the knowledge and the understanding of the program. 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 20000 characters) 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
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

[B]

Responsible
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
Is our experience of the world shaped by a realistic instance or does it come from an interpretation strictly connected with the forms of our Bildung?
The program of theoretical philosophy of this year will deal with this subject, discussing, on one hand, education and Bildung in Nietzsche, on the other hand going through the analysis of different sides of realism in perception.
The course in its present edition will go deep into the idea of philosophy as education of thinking in the reflection of R. W. Emerson e F. Nietzsche. We will ask ourselves not only which role philosophy plays today in the encyclopedia of knowledge, but also how can its pedagogical and formation side be developed? What is that separates education and Bildung? How is a character built up? What meaning has today "to be a man of culture"? And how does our experience of the world change according to the culture we live in?
Prerequisites for admission
None, unless required by the Philosophy Course general rules
Teaching methods
Lectures.
Discussions, debate and replies to questions.
During the emergency phase, the different methodologies will formally take place as it is stated, whereas the class topic will stay the same.
Teaching Resources
Readings for attending students (9 ECTS).:
R. W. Emerson, Il carattere e la vita umana, Milano, Piano B, ch. "Carattere", "Educazione"
F. Nietzsche, Sull'avvenire delle nostre scuole, Milano, Adelphi.
F. Nietzsche, Sull'utilità e il danno della storia per la vita, Milano, Adelphi.
F. Nietzsche, Schopenhauer come educatore, Milano, Adelphi.
C. Zaltieri, Il divenire della Bildung in Nietzsche e Spinoza, Milano, Mimesis, Part I.
R. Fabbrichesi, Cosa si fa quando si fa filosofia? Milano, Cortina Editore.
Non-attending students will add the volume: L. Montedoro, G. Pasqui, Università e cultura, Maggioli Editore.
Readings for attending students (6 ECTS):
R. W. Emerson, Il carattere e la vita umana, Milano, Piano B, capp. "Carattere", "Educazione"
F. Nietzsche, Su verità e menzogna in senso extra-morale,Milano, Bompiani.
F. Nietzsche, Sull'avvenire delle nostre scuole, Milano, Adelphi.
F. Nietzsche, Sull'utilità e il danno della storia per la vita, Milano, Adelphi.
F. Nietzsche, Schopenhauer come educatore, Milano, Adelphi.
Non-attending students will add the volumeI : L. Montedoro, G. Pasqui, Università e cultura, Maggioli Editore.
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 equal parts. The first part has to test the knowledge and the understanding of the program., whereas the second part has to test the ability to analyze and discuss short quotes from the readings of the examination program.
Evaluation criteria:
- knowledge of the theoretical aspects of the topics discussed 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