Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of te course the student will be expected to attain the following competencies:
*Understanding of the fundamental notions of semantics, intentionality, social practices and institutional practices.
* Capacity of autonomous elaboration of the connection between communication, rationality and social intelligence.
* Understanding the question about the origin of communication and human natural languages.
* Discuss the difference between Searle's and Tomasello's theories.
* Acquisition of a method of analysis consistent with the more recent developments in the field of social ontology.
* Understanding of the interdisciplinary aspects linked to this topic.
Course contents summary
Communication and social intelligence
M. Tomasello, Origins of Human Communication.
J. Searle, Making the Social World.
R. Tuomela, The Philosophy of Sociality (few chapters)
In order to enhance the capacity to autonomously elaborate the arguments of the course, students enrolled in the course are expected to actively engage
in debates and discussions during the lessons and, therefore, also to read
the texts of each section in advance. The standard section foresees the
introduction of the arguments by either the teacher or a student and the
discussion chaired by the teacher. More traditional forms of teaching will
also be possible.
Assessment methods and criteria
For the evaluation students can choose between two options. They can
write an essay in English (ca. 7.000 words) about a previously agreed
topic, which will be discussed during the examination; however, the mark
will be exclusively based on the essay. Otherwise, they can opt for an
oral examination either in Italian or in English.