HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The so-called ‘Modulo A’ is addressed to people who have no specific knowledge and competence in the field of Medieval Philosophy. The goal of the Modulo A is to acquaint students with the most important philosophical and theological issues of the Middle Ages, while furnishing them with the necessary tools in order to have a general knowledge of both the history and the historiography of Medieval Philosophy. The so-called ‘Modulo B’ aims further to accustom students to reading philosophically significant texts.
No specific requirement is required for the introductory part (Modulo A), except for a general knowledge of the History of Philosophy, with a special regard to the Antiquity and the Late Antiquity. For the monographic part (Modulo B), instead, the knowledge of a specialised handbook of Medieval Philosophy is required.
Course contents summary
Subject: Medieval Debates on Intentionality.
Summary: After devoting some introductory lessons to both the most important figures and topics of Medieval Philosophy (Modulo A), the course aims at providing a general presentation of the Medieval discussions on intentionality, with a special regard to the role intentionality plays in epistemic contexts. Particularly, the course aims at reconstructing the main models of explanation of the mechanisms of intellectual cognition elaborated by the thirteenth- and fourteenth-century philosophers.
Modulo A: M. Bettetini-L. Bianchi-C. Marmo-P. Porro (a cura di), Filosofia medievale, Raffaello Cortina, Milano 2004, and an handbook to choose among: E. Gilson, La Philosophie au Moyen Age, Paris 1944 (trad. it. La filosofia nel Medioevo. Dalle origini patristiche alla fine del XIV secolo, Sansoni, Milano 2004); M.T. Fumagalli-M. Parodi, Storia della filosofia medievale, Economica Laterza, Roma-Bari 1989; L. Bianchi (a cura di), La filosofia nelle università. Secoli XIII-XIV, La Nuova Italia, Firenze 1997; M. Pereira, La filosofia nel Medioevo, Carocci, Roma 2008.
Modulo B: Aristotele, L’anima, Bompiani, Milano 2001; O. Grassi, Intenzionalità, Marietti, Genova-Milano 2005; R. Pasnau, Theories of Cognition in the Later Middle Ages, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1997.
The so-called ‘Modulo A’ is characterised specifically by oral lessons, devoted to the reconstruction of the Medieval Philosophy, along with some tutorials, devoted to the reading of philosophical texts. The so-called ‘Modulo B’, moreover, is divided into two parts: the first part includes some lessons devoted to introducing the topic of the course, whilst the second part is characterised by the reading and the discussion of a philosophical text. For the valuation of students, besides the oral exam, the attendance to lessons and the active participation to tutorials and discussions are particularly considered. Moreover, the course requires the elaboration of a paper concerning the texts examined during the lessons.