LANGUAGE AND CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY II
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of crucial texts and problems in contemporary philosophy of language. By attending the course, they will also acquire analytical and evaluative skills, first and foremost at the logical-argumentative level, of the main philosophical theories tackled during the course. They will also develop their logical-argumentative and communicative skills with respect to the issues at the heart of the course. Moreover, they will acquire the ability to elaborate presentations and papers containing arguments in favor of their views. Finally, students will acquire decision-making skills, particularly in complex situations, which aren’t entirely analyzable in terms of codified scientific and technical knowledge.
Evolving an ability to analyze the presented texts and discuss them in the light of different interpretations.(I)
Evolving the ability to produce a written text on some aspect of Wittgenstein's philosophy and to present it critically in a well-argued way.(II)
Acquiring some degree of autonomy of judgment and a good level of clarity in communication.
Becoming able to integrate the lectures and the texts with a personal examination of the secondary literature on the relevant topics (III,IV,V)
Course contents summary
Cf. 1005471- FILOSOFIA DEL LINGUAGGIO 1
Module 2: 6 cfu.
«Work on philosophy is... rather work on oneself, on one's own way of thinking». This module will present different readings of this sentence from Wittgenstein's text Philosophy: issues will be the role of the first person as well as ethical and aesthetical consequences of philosophical understanding.
Cf. 1005471- FILOSOFIA DEL LINGUAGGIO 1
- R. Monk, How to Read Wittgenstein, W.W.Norton & Company, 2005.
- L. Wittgenstein, Tractatus logico-philosophicus, Einaudi, 1995.
- L. Wittgenstein, Ricerche filosofiche, Einaudi, 1995.
- L. Wittgenstein, Lezioni e conversazioni sull'etica, l'estetica e la credenza religiosa, Adelphi,1980.
- L. Wittgenstein, Filosofia, Donzelli, 1996.
- Paolo Tripodi, Dimenticare Wittgenstein, Il Mulino, 2009.
- J. Conant , C. Diamond, Rileggere Wittgenstein, Carocci, 2010.
- A.A.V.V., Wittgenstein, l'estetica e le arti, Carocci 2013.
- McGinn M. and Kuusela O.(eds), The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein, Oxford University Press, 2011 - selected articles.
- G.Hagberg, Wittgenstein’s Aesthetics, 2007 (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/wittgenstein-aesthetic).
Lectures and seminars. The former will provide students with all necessary elements for a full comprehension of the course topics. The latter will consist in students’ presentations and discussions of some specific aspects of course, under the guidance of the course instructor.
The course will mostly consist of lectures. In addition, topics will be suggested for written papers and oral presentations, to be discussed in class.
Assessment methods and criteria
Students who take both modules
Students who attend the course: Either two essays of 3000 words each (in Italian or in English), bibliographical references excluded, on two different topics of their choosing, previously agreed with the course instructor, and an oral discussion of the essays and the main topics of the course. Or else, only one essay of 6000 words (in Italian or in English), bibliographical references excluded, on a topic of their choosing, previously agreed with the course instructor, and an oral discussion of the essay and the main topics of the course.
Students who don’t attend the course: oral examination on the overall course program.
Students who take only one module
Students who attend the module: one essay of 3000 words (in Italian or in English), bibliographical references excluded, on a topic of their choosing, previously agreed with the course instructor, and an oral discussion of the essay and the main topics of the module.
Students who don’t attend the module: oral examination on the overall program of the module.
International students who may not be able to follow the first part of the course in Italian will be allowed to take the whole exam, if they so wish, by writing two essays in English (of 3000 words each, bibliographical references excluded) on a topic of their choosing, previously agreed with the course instructor, concerning the first and the second part of the course respectively.
If they prefer to take only one module, they will be required to write just one essay in English (of 3000 words, bibliographical references excluded) on a topic of their choosing, previously agreed with the course instructor, concerning the module.
Threshold for 18: sufficient comprehension of the topics, sufficient expository clarity and sufficient competence in the use of the philosophical vocabulary.
Threshold for 24: discrete comprehension of the topics, discrete expository clarity and discrete competence in the use of the philosophical vocabulary.
Threshold for 27: good comprehension of the topics, good expository clarity and good competence in the use of the philosophical vocabulary.
Threshold for 30: excellent comprehension of the topics, excellent expository clarity and excellent competence in the use of the philosophical vocabulary.
Threshold for 30 cum laude: as for 30, plus elements of originality (e.g. critical assessment of the course topics or new personal contribution to them) and/or particularly in-depth analysis of the course topics.
Students who take an integrated course: the mark obtained in one of the modules of the present course will count 50% of the overall mark. (The other 50% will be the mark obtained in the module of the course with which students will take the integrated course).
The exam comes in two parts: (a) a written paper on one of the topics that were presented in the lectures, (b) an oral examination including questions on the materials covered in the course as well as discussion of the written paper.
Final evaluation will reflect
- command of the course contents,
- ability to critically elaborate on them,
- expository and argumentative abilities.