HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
I. Ability to use theoretical, methodological and content knowledge about the historical-philosophical tradition in the area of contemporary philosophy (Dublin Descriptors 1: knowledge and understanding); II. ability to write papers that incorporate the acquired theoretical, historical and methodological knowledge (Dublin Descriptors 2: applying knowledge and understanding); III. independent critical engagement with conceptual material (Dublin Descriptors 3: making judgements); IV. ability to position oneself in relevant debates/traditions (Dublin Descriptors 4: communication skills); V. Development of those learning skills that are necessary for students to continue further study with a high degree of autonomy (Dublin Descriptors 5: learning skills).
Course contents summary
F. Brentano: background and critical issues.
The course will begin by introducing key concepts of Brentano's phenomenology and by examining the importance that the aristotelian philosophy placed on the author of Psychologie vom empirischen Standpunkt. Subsequently, the course will take into account some criticisms have been made of Brentano's phenomenology by both author internal to phenomenological tradition (for example E. Husserl and M. Scheler) and author external to the latter (for example M. Schlick e D. Dennett).
- F. Brentano, La psicologia dal punto di vista empirico, vol. 1, Bari, Laterza 1997
- F. Brentano, La psicologia dal punto di vista empirico, vol. 2
- M. Schlick, Teoria generale della conoscenza, Milano, Franco Angeli, 1986, cap. 12 (“Che cosa la conoscenza non è”, pp.100-122), cap. 20 (“La cosiddetta percezione interna”, pp. 176-186).
- L. Albertazzi, Introduzione a F. Brentano, Bari Laterza, 1999
- B. Smith, Austrian Philosophy. The Legacy of Franz Brentano, Chicago/LaSalle, Open Court, 1995, pp. 7-60.
- R. Chisholm, Brentano on descriptive psychology and the intentional, in L. Edward and M. Mandelbaum (eds), Phenomenology and existentialism, Baltimore, John Hopkins Press, 1967, pp. 1-23
- P. Spinicci, Sensazione, percezione, concetto, Bologna, Il Mulino, pp. 41-72 (“L’esperienza tra filosofia e fisiologia”), pp. 95-105 (“Psicologia descrittiva e intenzionalità: Franz Brentano”)
Frontal lessons and seminars. Students are required to lead one class discussion on a chosen theme and are expected to participate in class discussions
Assessment methods and criteria