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
Husserl and Scheler: Temporality and Personhood
Among the basic problems of phenomenology, the way in which subject does experience of time plays a fundamental role. Indeed according to phenomenology, temporality is one of those founding assumptions from whose correct definition depends the claim of phenomenology to be an objectively valid research-method. Within this complicated framework Edmund Husserl and the other phenolonologists made efforts in analyzing the possibility-conditions of time-consciousness. Through the reading of Lectures on inner-time consciousness of Edmund Husserl and of some sections of Max Scheler’s Formalism in Ethics and Material Ethics of Value, the course is aimed to show the fundamental connection between personhood and temporality in the light of the most discussed claims addressed in the contemporary philosophical debate.
E. Husserl, Le lezioni sulla coscienza interna del tempo dell’anno 1905, in E. Husserl, Per una fenomenologia della coscienza interna del tempo, trad. it. di A. Marini, FrancoAngeli, Milano 2011, pp. 37-121;
M. Scheler, Sulla concezione teorica della persona in generale, in M. Scheler, Il Formalismo nell’etica e l’etica materiale dei valori, trad. it. di R. Guccinelli, Bompiani, Milano 2013, pp. 721-919;
D. Zahavi, La mente fenomenologica, Raffaello Cortina Editore Milano 2009, pp. 69- 136, 301-338: «Coscienza e autocoscienza», «Tempo», «Sé e persona».
Frontal lessons and seminars
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam and short written relation