PHILOSOPHICAL ANTHROPOLOGY OF MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course is addressed to students who already have some specific
expertise and acquaintance with medieval philosophy. It aims to enhance
students' capacity of making critical, informed and independent
judgment especially in the field of medieval philosophy, their
communication skills and continue learning (Descriptors III-V of Dublin).
In particular, the course aims to provide students with the following
knowledge and understanding skills (Descriptor I of Dublin): 1.1) detailed
knowledge of the medieval philosophical, theological and scientific
thought; 1.2) reading skills and in-depth understanding and comparison
of the classics of medieval philosophy, both in the original Latin and in
Italian translation; 1.3) critical assessment and comparison of the
different interpretations of texts and topics, and of their significance for
the historiography of medieval philosophy. The course also aims to
provide students with the following abilities to apply the acquired
knowledge and understanding skills (Descriptor II of Dublin): 2.1) writing
of text-documented and argument-based papers, practice of oral
expositions; 2.2) application to contemporary issues and debates of the
methodology and the argumentative techniques developed in the
It is recommended an acquaintance with the Latin and a good knowledge of the history of ancient and medieval philosophy
Course contents summary
Autobiography and philosophy.The course will focus on the problem of autobiographical writing by medieval philosophers. In particular, the narratives of the meeting with philosophy will be analyzed by reading the autobiographical texts of Augustine, Boece, Abailard, Dante.
Agostino, Le Confessioni, Torino, Einaudi 2000;
Boezio, La consolazione della filosofia, Milano, Rusconi 1996;
Abelardo, Lettere, Milano, Rizzoli 1996; Dante Alighieri, Convivio, Milano, Garzanti 2005.
M. Guglielminetti, Memoria e scrittura. L'autobiografia da Dante a Cellini, Torino, Einaudi 1977; L'autobiografia nel Medioevo. Atti del XXXIV Convegno Storico Internazionale, Todi, 12 - 15 ottobre 1997, Spoleto (1998)
The examination program will be supplied at the beginning of the course
Seminars with active participation of the students.
Assessment methods and criteria
A final written paper is required, before the oral examination.