Theoretical philosophy, critical theory and social philosophy
Learning outcomes of the course unit
In-depth knowledge and understanding of theoretical philosophy, its
relation to socio-philosophical questions, and its application to contemporary
debates. Ability to discuss in an argumentative form the subject-matters
proposed in the lessons and to critically compare different interpretations
of the assigned texts. Development of communicative and learning skills,
and of the ability to make autonomous judgments on theoretical
questions. Ability to compose a written work in argumentative
form on the course themes
Knowledge of the fundamental concepts and the principal writers in the
history of theoretical philosophy.
Course contents summary
The Force of habit
The course will deal with the notion of habit, the role it plays in the formation of cognitive and agentive skills and of social practices, the connection with other concepts closely linked to it such as disposition, character, habit, custom, virtue; its relevance to cognitive science, action theory, and contemporary social philosophy.
The bibliography will be assigned during the course
Assessment methods and criteria
The examination will will consist of a brief argumentative written work on
course subjects and assigned texts, as arranged with the professor.