HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
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 contents summary
Course Title: Reading and commentary of '"Nicomachean Ethics" by Aristotle
The discussion of Aristotle's ethics provides a synthesis of ancient morality that has crossed the century in which it was written and which is, even today, a solid point of reference for any serious student of moral issues and more.
The reading will make it presupposes, of course, a knowledgea of all moral thought of the ancient world, the student must already possess.
An edition of the Ethics of Aristotle, with greek text to the front, for example. that edited by C. Natali, Laterza, Rome - Bari 2000 ss. ;
F. De Capitani, evil, freedom, soul and arts in Ancient and Medieval thought, Uni-Nova, Parma, 2005.
Notes of lessons.
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.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written essays personal oral verification of the levels of learning achieved.