Biopolitics: bodies, health and food

A.A. 2021/2022
Crediti massimi
Ore totali
Obiettivi formativi
The aim of the course is to provide students with the core knowledge and understanding of philosophical theories that adapt concepts from the life sciences to address issues related to civic society and its institutions. The acquired competences and notions are of use for activities that primarily rest on logical reasoning, activities of communication, and editorial activities.
Risultati apprendimento attesi
Knowledge and Understanding
At the end of the course, the student has acquired a general understanding of the concepts from the life sciences that are employed in reference to civic society and its institutions. In addition, the student understands a body of philosophical arguments related to the application of such concepts, can outline possible objections to these arguments and possible solutions to those objections.

Ability to Apply Knowledge and Understanding
At the end of the course, the student is able to formulate original philosophical problems in connection to the concepts and the language of biopolitics, to suggest plausible solutions to those problems and to spell out such solutions in details.
Programma e organizzazione didattica

Edizione unica

Primo semestre
Durante la fase di didattica emergenziale, il programma viene mantenuto con le seguenti modifiche necessarie per una buona fruizione del corso originariamente progettato per la didattica esclusivamente in presenza.

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Specific aspects of a human body, like skin color or primary sexual traits, have played a substantial function in defining the political agency of individuals and groups as well as in shaping societal institution. In this course we study the ideas and arguments that found the attribution of political significance to certain biological conditions, rethinking the role that such conditions have or should have. The course builds on the examination of several classical and contemporary case studies and readings, which relate to specific aspects of human bodies, human health, and human diets.
Metodi didattici
Classes will consist of a mix of lecturing and seminarial discussion. They will make use of slides, videos and images. Class materials will be made available on the Ariel site for the course.
Materiale di riferimento
The following readings are common to both programs (6CFU and 9CFU):
Mbembe, Necropolitics (2003)
Rose, The Politics of Life Itself, Chapters 1 and 2 (2007)
Borghini & Casetta, Philosophy of Biology, Chapter 8 (2019)
Fausto-Sterling, "The Five Sexes" (1993)
Butler, "Performative Acts and Gender Constitution" (1990)
Spencer, "Racial Realism I: Are Biological Races Real?"
Spencer, "Racial Realism II: Are Folk Races Real?"
Agrest, "Achitecture From Without: Body, Logic, and Sex" (1988)
Low, "Placemaking and Embodied Space" (2014)
Karimi, "Dwelling, Dispute, and the Space in Modern Iran" (2012)
Sen, "Walking the Field in Milwaukee" (2020)
Hall et al., "Implicit Racial/Ethnic Bias" (2015)
Criado Perez, Invisible Women, Chapters 10 and 11 (2019)
Beaudry, "Beyond (Models of) Disability?" (2016)
Bracken & Thomas, "From Szasz to Foucault: On the Role of Critical Psychiatry" (2010)
Murphy, The Economization of Life, Chapters 1-4, 10 (2017)
Kukla, "Finding Autonomy in Birth" (2009)
Barnhill et al., "The Value of Unhealthy Eating and the Ethics of Healthy Eating Policies" (2014)
Thompson, From Field to Fork, Chapter 3 (2015)
Barnhill & Bonotti, Eating Our Way Through Liberalism, Chapters 2, 5-7 (2020)
Stefánsdóttir, "Three Positions on the Fat Body" (2020)
Degeling, Dawson, Gilbert, "The Ethics of One Health" (2019)
Shue & Arnold, "Human rights, climate change, and the trillionth ton" (2011)
Bonotti et al., "Justice and the Spaces of Eating Out", ms.

The following texts are in program only for students taking the course for 9CFU:
Asta, "The Metaphysics of Sex and Gender" (2011)
Haslanger, Resisting Reality, Chapters 7-11 (2012)
Foucault, "Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias" (1967)
Burgess, Cappelen, Plunkett "Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics" (2020)
Fibieger Byskov, "What Makes Epistemic Injustice an "Injustice"?" (2020)
Jarvis-Thomson, "A Defense of Abortion" (1971)
Dean, "In Defense of Mindless Eating" (2020)
Borghini, Piras, Serini, "Food, Philosophy, and Climate Change" (2021)
Modalità di verifica dell’apprendimento e criteri di valutazione
The final exam consists of a final paper as well as an oral exam. Papers will be 3000/4000 words (6CFU) or 5000/6000 words (9CFU) in length and address a specific topic agreed upon with the professor. Detailed guidelines will be distributed in the Ariel site for the course. The final exam will test student's acquisition of the central concepts discussed throughout the course as well as the student's ability to construct arguments and to reason on the ideas discussed during the course.
Moduli o unità didattiche
Unita' didattica A
Lezioni: 20 ore
Docente: Borghini Andrea

Unita' didattica B
Lezioni: 20 ore
Docente: Borghini Andrea

Unita' didattica C
Lezioni: 20 ore
Docente: Borghini Andrea

Lunedì 10-13. Contattare il docente via email per appuntamento Skype/Teams/FaceTime/Telefono.
Studio docente, Dipartimento di Filosofia, Cortile Ghiacciaia, Sottotetto