Learning outcomes of the course unit
By the end of the class students will be able to:
Analyze, interpret, and question critically complex philosophical texts; identify logical, argumentative, methodological and historical connections in the texts;
Develop and communicate both orally and in written form ethical and civic problems that are critical for teaching and educational professions as well as professions involving the production of texts;
Formulate autonomous and motivated judgments concerning fundamental ethical problems; engage rationally different positions; develop connections with current ethical issues;
Organize a written paper on a topic covered in class. The paper will show argumentative skills, autonomy of judgment and knowledge of editing techniques for a written text (table of contents, subdivision in sections, footnotes, bibliography, etc.).
Course contents summary
H. Arendt: The problem of the relationship between ethics and politics. The class will consist in a close reading of Arendt’s book Vita Activa in order to deepen her theory of action, her definition of the human condition and her reflections on the boundaries between individual moral dimension and the public sphere
The extended program and the examination program will be made available at the beginning of the class and will be published on the online platform ELLY.
H. Arendt, Vita activa. La condizione umana,Bompiani, Milano, qualsiasi edizione;
H.Arendt, Alcune questioni di filosofia morale, Einaudi, Torino 2015 (pubblicato anche in H.Arendt, Responsabilità e giudizio, a cura di J.Kohn, Piccola biblioteca Einaudi, Torino 2010);
Bethania Assy, Etica, responsabilità e giudizio in H.Arendt, Mimesis, Milano 2015.
M. Abensour,H. Arendt contro la filosofia politica?, Jaka Book, Milano 2010.
Reading and discussion of texts
Classes are taught in the “blended” form and are available online for students who are unable to attend in person.
Assessment methods and criteria
The final exam includes a written and an oral component.
(50% of the final grade) At the end of the class the student will submit a written paper (12-14 pages) discussing a topic of interest covered in class and agreed upon with the instructor. Specific indications about how to write the paper will be published on Elly, along with course materials. The paper is grade on a 0-30 scale. In case of a negative evaluation the student will have to re-write the paper.
(50% of the final grade) The oral exam consists in a discussion of the written paper and in a few questions geared toward testing the understanding of the topics covered in class.
The lectures will be recorded in the “blended” mode and will be available online for students who are unable to attend. The course materials will be uploaded on Elly during the class and will be consider integral to the final exam. The instructor is available for further theoretical and methodological clarification during office hours and by appointment.