HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY
DE CAPITANI Franco
ACADEMIC YEAR: 2010/2011
YEAR OF STUDY: 2
SEMESTER: First semester
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 6
CONTACT HOURS: 40
The course aims to provide students with critical, informed and independent judgment, and to enhance their skills for communication and continue learning (Descriptors III-V of Dublin). In particular, the course aims to provide students with the following abilities of acquiring knowledge and understanding (Descriptor I of Dublin): 1.1) knowledge of the philosophical and scientific thought during the ancient and late ancient period; 1.2) abilities to read and understand the classics of ancient philosophy, both in the original Greek and in Italian translation; 1.3) knowledge of the ancient philosophical vocabulary and the different philosophical methods required for the discussion of topics and the interpretation of texts; 1.4) knowledge of the historiographical methodology of ancient philosophy. The course also aims to provide students with the following abilities to apply the acquired knowledge and understanding (Descriptor II of Dublin): 2.1) writing clear, documented and argument-based papers, by a proper use of the texts of secondary literature and primary sources; 2.2) application of the acquired knowledge in interdisciplinary areas; 2.3) reconstruction of the genesis and development of a concept or a doctrine; 2.4) identification of the connection of ideas between the history of philosophy and other areas of science and philosophy, in particular medieval and modern philosophy; 2.5) reconstruction of cultural contexts with particular attention to the interplay of the different positions that are involved.
Course Title: The moral problem in the ancient world
After a brief overview of moral thought in the ancient world, pagan and Christian, we will pass to a guided reading of the central steps of the "Republic" of Plato, and later to read some writings of Epicurus and of the "De libero arbitrio" of S. Augustine.
A manual, of university-level, on Ancient Philosophy;
Epicurus, Moral writings, Bur, Milan 2007 ss.
REQUIRED READING: F. De Capitani, Manichaean Writings and antimanichaean, Uni-Nova, Parma 2004.
In addition to the texts of Mod A:
F. De Capitani (ed.), The "De libero arbitrio" of S. Agostine ..., Vita e Pensiero, Milano 2004 ff.
Lectures, presentations, term papers prepared by individual students or groups and their classroom discussion; eventual vision of bibliographic material preserved in libraries and related to the course; oral exposure of philosophical positions with public debate.
Written essays personal; oral verification of the levels of learning achieved.