M-FIL/06 - 9 CFU - 1° Semester

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Learning Objectives

The course analyzes the authors and themes of contemporary philosophy, with particular reference to certain problems of methodology and historiography, and then dwell on the relationship between anthropology, philology and history. The objective is to provide students with some knowledge about the historical and contemporary philosophical debate, with particular reference to issues related to the humanities and their articulation methodology, capable of making a direct approach to philosophical texts.

Detailed Course Content

A - Methodological aspects of the discipline (1 CFU).


B – General part (4 CFU): The philosophy of Romanticism (Schleiermacher, W. von Humboldt, Goethe), Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, the neo-Kantianism (Rickert, Windelband, Cassirer), the German historicism (Dilthey, Simmel, Spengler, Troeltsch, Meinecke), Weber, Husserl, Heidegger, Freud, Jaspers, Gadamer, Popper, The Frankfurt School (Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse, Fromm), Wittgenstein.


C – Monographic part (4 CFU): Anthropology, philology and history.

Textbook Information


- E. Cassirer, Introduzione alla Storia della filosofia moderna, vol. IV: I sistemi posthegeliani, Torino, Einaudi, 1978, t. I, pp. 13-39.



For a first classification of the authors recommend the use of a good textbook in high school (for example: F. Adorno/T. Gregory/V. Verra, Manuale di storia della filosofia, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2006 or a another user may be agreed with the teacher). In addition, the authors and the topics covered should be further explored on a university textbook (for example: M. Dal Pra, Storia della filosofia, Milano, Vallardi, 1976 ff., vols. IX e X, or Storia del pensiero filosofico e scientifico, Milano, Garzanti, 1972 ff., vols. V e VI).

The pages to be studied, for this part, are a total of about 400.



- G. Magnano San Lio, Ninfe ed ellissi. Frammenti di storia della cultura tra Dilthey, Usener, Warburg e Cassirer, Napoli, Liguori, 2014, pp. 57-128.

- W. Dilthey, La dottrina delle visioni del mondo, in Id., La dottrina delle visioni del mondo. Trattati per la filosofia della filosofia, a cura di G. Magnano San Lio, Napoli, Guida, 1998, pp. 295-376.

- F. Nietzsche, Sull'utilità e il danno della storia per la vita, Milano, Adelphi, 1973, pp. 1-105.

- E. Cassirer, Saggio sull’uomo. Introduzione ad una filosofia della cultura, Roma, Armando, 2004, pp. 45-148 e 291-374.

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