Learning outcomes of the course unit
1- Knowledge and understanding
On the basis of the programme described students will gain understanding of active and passive moments that characterize human action as well as of the methodological outlooks to approach the relation between intersubjectivity and moral conflict.
2- Applying knowledge and understanding
Reading and discussing philosophical texts in the seminar will guide students to elaborate a written paper on an argument discussed in class. The discussion of and contrast with the contemporary debate in ethics pertinent to the argument will be encouraged.
3- Making judgments
At the end of the course the students should have acquired the capacity to collect data, interpret texts, formulate autonomous and motivated judgments on human action in intersubjective contexts.
4-5 communication and learning skills
The course develops the capacity to discuss in oral and written form ethical and philosophical problems, pertinent for teaching, educational training, and the production of texts.
Course contents summary
The notions of will and choice are complex and problematic. They are structurally linked with the conception of free and responsible act, and they have repercussions on the ethical, social and political field. The course aims at reflecting on the theoretical issues interrelated with these notions, starting from the second part (Willing) of H. Arendt's work The Life of the Mind.
H. Arendt, La vita della mente, Il Mulino, Bologna 2009 (parte seconda: Il Volere).
E.Young-Bruehl, H.Arendt: perché ci riguarda, Einaudi, Torino 2009.
I. Murdoch, Visione e scelta in ambito morale, in Esistenzialisti e mistici, Il Saggiatore, Milano 2006, pp. 103-120.
M.S. Vaccarezza, The fabric of being. Bene, realtà e immaginazione in I.Murdoch e nell’etica contemporanea, Edizioni ETS, Pisa 2016.
For an introduction see: M. De Caro, Azione, Il Mulino, Bologna 2008.
Close readings of texts and discussion
Assessment methods and criteria
At the end of the course students present a written paper of 10-12 pages on an argument of their choice among those discussed in class. It is recommended to choose a precise and clearly delineated argument and to pay attention to elaborate it in a clear and concise manner.
The paper should contain a table of content, a short introduction, a bibliography at the end of the text and show a correct use of footnotes. The paper will be evaluated in grades up to 30. In case of a negative evaluation the student has to rewrite the paper.
The oral part of the exam consists of a discussion of the paper and on questions that test the comprehension of the themes discussed in class.
The final grade is the average of the grade for the paper and the one for the oral exam.