PHILOSOPHY OF EXPERIENCE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
I. Basic knowledge of some of the main issues in Philosophy of Perception;
acquiring the necessary basic philosophical vocabulary to read and understand philosophical texts about perception; (Dublin Descriptors 1: knowledge and understanding). II. ability to read, understand, analyze and interpret philosophical
texts on perceptual issues (Dublin Descriptors 2: applying knowledge and
understanding); III. ability to value the epistemological aspects of the various theories of perception in their cultural ground (Dublin Descriptors 3: making
judgements); IV. ability to devise and sustain arguments and make judgements (Dublin Descriptors 5: communication skills).V. promoting self-direction in learning (Dublin Descriptors 5: learning skills).
No specific prerequisites required
Course contents summary
Philosophy of experience
The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to some central topics in philosophy of perception. The first lessons will offer a general overview and introduction (i.e. concepts, definitions, approaches) to the epistemological problems of perception. In the second part of the course, the problem of
perception will be examined also in relation to the phenomenological tradition and the neuroscientific point of view.
- A. Paternoster, Il filosofo e i sensi, Roma, Carocci, 2007
- Cartesio, Meditazioni Metafisiche (qualsiasi edizione): Prima e Seconda Meditazione
- J. Hospers, La percezione: a che cosa assomiglia il mondo?, in J. Hospers,
Introduzione all’analisi filosofica, Mondadori Università, 2003, pp. 87-118
- S. Gallagher & D. Zahavi, La mente fenomenologica. Filosofia della mente e
scienze cognitive, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2009, limitatamente al cap. 5
(Percezione, pp. 137-162).
Assessment methods and criteria
Verification criteria and assessment thresholds:
– 30 cum laude: Excellent, excellent solidity of knowledge, excellent expressive properties, excellent understanding of the concepts
– 30: Very good. Complete and adequate knowledge, well-articulated and correctly expressed
– 27-29: Good, satisfactory knowledge, essentially correct expression.
– 24-26: Fairly good knowledge, but not complete and not always correct.
– 22-23: Generally sufficient knowledge but superficial. Expression is often not appropriate and confused.
– 18-21: Sufficient. The expression and articulation of the speech show important gaps.
– 18: insufficient knowledge or very incomplete, lack of guidance in discipline, expression seriously deficient. Exam failed.