HISTORY OF SCIENCE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
1-Knowledge and understanding:
-knowledge of the philosophical and scientific thought of antiquity;
- Reading and understanding of the philosophical texts;
-knowledge of the terminology and the different philosophical methods needed for problem analysis and interpretation of texts;
2- Applying knowledge and understanding
- Production of reports and written tests in a clear, documented and argued, with proper use of the texts;
- Application of knowledge in interdisciplinary areas. Detection of connections of ideas between the history of philosophy, science and other cultural fields;
-reconstruction of cultural contexts with particular attention to the dialectic of the different positions.
Course contents summary
The course will cover the theme of light in ancient times, with reference to the most important concepts in the field of medieval and contemporary.
BIBLIOGRAPHY ( FOR ATTENDANTS AND NOT ):
V. RONCHI, Storia della luce, “Biblioteca Universale Laterza” 87, Laterza, Roma-Bari 1990: i capitoli sull’Antichità e il Medioevo;
R. GUZZI, La strana storia della luce e del colore, Springer, Milano 2011;
F. BEVILACQUA – M. G. IANNIELLO, L’ottica dalle origini all’inizio del ‘700, Loescher, Torino 1982 ss.;
P. ROSSI ( a cura di ), Roberto Grossatesta. Metafisica della luce. Opuscoli filosofici e scientifici, Rusconi - Bompiani, Milano 1990 ss.; oppure: F. BOTTIN ( a cura di ), Ruggero Bacone. La scienza sperimentale., Rusconi - Bonpiani, Milano 1990 ss.
Lectures, presentations, term papers prepared by individual students or groups and their classroom discussion; any vision of bibliographic material preserved in libraries and related to the course; oral exposure of philosophical positions with public debate.
Assessment methods and criteria
Possible written essays ( 30% ); oral verification of the levels of learning achieved ( 70% ).