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CODE 65720
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-FIL/07
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course is intended to go deep into the history of Western philosophy in the centuries VII-VI b.C-VI a.D. Particular attention will be paid to the sources for the reconstruction of this history. Students are expected to follow the development of a philosophical problem through 2 or 3 representative ancient philosophical works, which will be analyzed and commented.   

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge of the history of ancient thought (VII-VI b.C-VI century a.D.) aquired by analyzing and commenting some fundamental works written by Greek and Latin philosophers (Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Potinus...); their works will be read translated into Italian, with reference to the original Greek or Latin text.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

1) Knowledge and Understanding. Knowledge of the most important periods and figures of the history of western ancient philosophy (VII b.C.-VI a.D.). Understanding the vocabulary, the argumentative structures, and the cultural context of the main philosophical texts of Greek-roman Antiquity.

2) Applying Knowledge and Understanding. Knowing how to read and explain ancient philosophical texts from an historical and a philosophical point of view.

3) Making Judgements. Acquiring critical consciousness through the dialogue with philosophical texts belonging to the past.

4) Communication Skills. Extending one’s own philosophical vocabulary, abstractive capacities, and argumentative skills, in relation to the different contexts of discussion.

5) Learning Skills. Learning the fundamental outlines of the History of Ancient Philosophy (requested for attending MA-courses in the field of Philosophy, History and Literature).

PREREQUISITES

It's advisable, but not compulsory, to have a general overview of the history of ancient western philosophy and to be able to read Greek letters.

TEACHING METHODS

Full Program (9 CFU):

- Frontal lectures

-Seminars

Reduced Program (6 CFU):

- Frontal lectures

-Seminars

Students who cannot attend classes are invited to contact Prof. Gili (luca.gili@unich.it) to follow classes on "Teams".

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

 

Full Program (9 CFU): 

1. What is Ancient Philosophy? Sources and Main Questions in the History of Western Philosophy from the Beginnings to Plotinus. 

2. What is Being? Parmenides and Plato. 

Reduced Program (6 CFU): 

1. What is Ancient Philosophy? Sources and Main Questions in the History of Western Philosophy from the Origins to Plotinus. 

2. What is Being? Parmenides, Plato and Aristotle. 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Full Program (9 CFU): 

  • 1.a. M. BONAZZI, R.L. CARDULLO, G. CASERTANO, E. SPINELLI. F. TRABATTONI, Filosofia antica, Cortina, Milano 2005 (da Talete a Socrate, pp. 13-112; da Platone a Crisippo, pp. 123-278; Plotino, pp. 365-384). 

Or 

  • 1.b. Pierluigi Donini, Franco Ferrari, L’esercizio della ragione nel mondo classico, Einaudi, Torino, 2005. 

  • 2.a. PARMENIDE, Frammenti 1-8 (ed. Diels-Kranz), in una qualunque edizione in lingua italiana. Si consiglia l’edizione curata da Giovanni Reale, Bompiani, Milano. 

  • 2.a. PLATONE, Timeo, a cura di F. Fronterotta, BUR, Milano, 2003 

  • 2.b.1 ARISTOTELE, Fisica, a cura di R. Radice, Milano, Bompiani 2011, con testo greco a fronte (books I, II, III, IV, VIII). 

Or

  • 2.b.2. ARISTOTELE, Opere, 3, a cura di A. Russo, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1983. (Fisica: I, II, III, IV, VIII) 

Reduced Program (6 CFU): 

  • 1.a. M. BONAZZI, R.L. CARDULLO, G. CASERTANO, E. SPINELLI. F. TRABATTONI, Filosofia antica, Cortina, Milano 2005 (da Talete a Socrate, pp. 13-112; da Platone a Crisippo, pp. 123-278; Plotino, pp. 365-384). 

Or 

  • 1.b. Pierluigi Donini, Franco Ferrari, L’esercizio della ragione nel mondo classico, Einaudi, Torino, 2005. 

  • 2.a. PARMENIDE, Frammenti 1-8 (ed. Diels-Kranz), in una qualunque edizione in lingua italiana. Si consiglia l’edizione curata da Giovanni Reale, Bompiani, Milano. 

  • 2.a.PLATONE, Timeo, a cura di F. Fronterotta, BUR, Milano, 2003 

  • 2.b.1 ARISTOTELE, Fisica, a cura di R. Radice, Milano, Bompiani 2011, con testo greco a fronte (books I, II). 

Or: 

  • 2.b.2. ARISTOTELE, Opere, 3, a cura di A. Russo, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1983. (Fisica: I, II) 

LESSONS

LESSONS START

I semester

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Interview.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Interview on every part of the program: proof of reading and comment of the texts. Interested students can held the interview in the form a proof of translation from ancient Greek into a modern language (Italian, English, German, French, Spanish). 

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