HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
I. Ability to use theoretical, methodological and content knowledge about the historical-philosophical tradition in the area of contemporary philosophy (Dublin Descriptors 1: knowledge and understanding); II. ability to write papers that incorporate the acquired theoretical, historical and methodological knowledge (Dublin Descriptors 2: applying knowledge and understanding); III. independent critical engagement with conceptual material (Dublin Descriptors 3: making judgements); IV. ability to position oneself in relevant debates/traditions (Dublin Descriptors 4: communication skills); V. Development of those learning skills that are necessary for students to continue further study with a high degree of autonomy (Dublin Descriptors 5: learning skills).
Course contents summary
Philosophy, colours and experience
Experience of colour represents a very important problem in philosophy as it raises fundamental ontological, phenomenological, epistemological, linguistic, and conceptual questions. The course will focus on some of these issues by considering, in particular, classic readings by Goethe, Schopenhauer, and Wittgenstein.
W J. Goethe, Farbenlehre, Leipzig 1808, it. trans. La teoria dei colori, VI ed., R. Troncon (ed.), Milano, Il Saggiatore, 1989.
A. Schopenhauer, Über das Sehen und die Farben, 1816, it. trans. La vista e i colori, M. Montinari (ed.), Milano, SE, 1982.
L. Wittgenstein, Bemerkungen über die Farben, Oxford, 1977, it. trans. Osservazioni sui colori, M. Trinchero (ed.), Torino, Einaudi, 2000
R. S. Turner, Vision Study in Germany, in «Osiris» 8 (1993), pp. 80–103.
Frontal lessons and seminars. Students are required to lead one class discussion on a chosen theme and are expected to participate in class discussions
Assessment methods and criteria