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PHILOSOPHICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

CODE 65029
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019
CREDITS 9 credits during the 2nd year of 8455 Philosophy (L-5) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-FIL/03
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION GENOVA (Philosophy)
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

This discipline pertains to the field of Moral Philosophy and it inquires into the human being with a multidisciplinary approach that involves social sciences and humanities.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Answering the ambitious - but inevitable - question "what is the human being?" using rational arguments and relying on the contributions of sciences and philosophy.
  • Being able to outline the set of themes and main perspectives in this field.
  • In-depth study of (at least) a classic of this field and a particularly relevant theme.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Aims:

  •     explain the conceptual boundaries and the historical context of the discipline
  •     clarifying the main topics of philosophical anthropology
  •     introducing to the knowledge and reading of the classics texts of the discipline
  •      discussing a specific topic through the classic and the contemporary debates.


Learning outcomes:

  •      knowledge and understanding of texts and contexts
  •      orderly and reasoned exposition of general issues
  •      ability to display a topic, chosen and discussed, individually or in groups, through classroom presentations
  •      start of group research work (for students who are taking the 9-CFU course )

PREREQUISITES

You have to be interested in the moral dilemmas  caused  by the biological sciences and humanities.
 It is preferable to have  a basic knowledge of the philosophical and cultural tradition.

TEACHING METHODS

Lectures will alternate moments of discussion and commentary of texts in the classroom.

Students regularly attending will have the opportunity to give a presentation in the classroom about a classic text or a specific topic, under the supervision of the teacher.

The presentation will take place in the last lectures or in a  workshop.

Frequency is recommended.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Contents for students who are taking the 6-CFU course

1. Human nature in Philosophy.
The following topics will be addressed: methods and objects of philosophical anthropology, in relation to other sub-fields of philosophy, natural sciences, and humanities. Different perspectives on philosophical anthropology. Continuity and discontinuity in the interpretation of the Human: mind and body, nature and culture, desire and rationality, speculative reason and practical reason. Examples of ancient and modern philosophical anthropology.

2. The identity questioin
Philosophical debates on  personal identity: from J. Locke to D. Parfit.

Contents for students who are taking the 9-CFU course

1. Human nature in Philosophy.
The following topics will be addressed: methods and objects of philosophical anthropology, in relation to other sub-fields of philosophy, natural sciences, and humanities. Different perspectives on philosophical anthropology.   Continuity and discontinuity in the interpretation of the Human: mind and body, nature and culture, desire and rationality, speculative reason and practical reason. Examples of ancient and modern philosophical anthropology.

2. The identity question

  • Philosophical discussionss on  personal identity: from J. Locke to D. Parfit.
  • Contemporary debate and cultural, sociological and political definitions

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

The reading list for this course, together with the lecturer's suggestions and instructions are available on the Italian version of the web page.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

MIRELLA PASINI (President)

ANGELO CAMPODONICO

DANIELE ROLANDO

MARIA SILVIA VACCAREZZA

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Lectures will alternate moments of discussion and commentary of texts in the classroom.

Students regularly attending will have the opportunity to give a presentation in the classroom about a classic text or a specific topic, under the supervision of the teacher.

The presentation will take place in the last lectures or in a  workshop.

Frequency is recommended.

LESSONS START

On February  19th,  2019.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The final examination is an oral test.

Active interaction in class will be assessed as well.

Individual or collective report and/or presentation will be assessed and include in final evaluation  ( only if it will be good).

 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The knowledge and understanding of texts and contexts and the orderly and reasoned exposition of the general themes will be ascertained during the oral examination.

The ability to argue on a specific topic will be assessed through discussions and presentations in the classroom.

The ability to work in a team willl be assessed  in the thematic workshops.

 

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
16/01/2019 11:00 GENOVA Orale
06/02/2019 11:00 GENOVA Orale
22/05/2019 11:00 GENOVA Orale
12/06/2019 11:00 GENOVA Orale
26/06/2019 11:00 GENOVA Orale
17/07/2019 11:00 GENOVA Orale
11/09/2019 11:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

All students are invited to participate in the course's Aulaweb activity.