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).
No specific prerequisites required
Course contents summary
Affectivity of experiences
In the last decades, the multi-disciplinary field of the cognitive sciences has led to a general detachment from the Cartesian account of mind. Cognition is seen as embodied, essentially interconnected with the environment, embedded, affective in the new framework which we have before us. Solutions very close to those available today were presented by several authors of the German philosophy of the first decades of the 20th century (M. Scheler and M. Heidegger, for example). After an introductory part on the investigation of emotions in the history of philosophy, the course will deal with some of these authors.
M. Scheler, Essenza e forme della simpatia, a cura di L. Boella, Franco Angeli, Milano 2010
M. Heidegger, Essere e Tempo, a cura di F. Volpi, trad. it. di P. Chiodi, Longanesi, Milano 2005
A complete bibliography will be provided during the course
Frontal lessons and seminars
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam and short written relation