M-FIL/06 - 9 CFU - 1° Semester

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Learning Objectives

Knowledge and understanding: the course allows to acquire a structured knowledge, verified during the course through oral examinations, about the currents and the major philosophical debate of the contemporary philosophical culture in the Asian and African continents, with a focus on African philosophy. The acquisition of these cognitive elements involves the enhancement and development of a specific comparison mode of critic understanding.


Applying knowledge and understanding: the comparative learning in a intercultural context of understanding and analysis of texts and philosophical debates is designed to train a concrete ability to linguistic and cultural mediation, through the critical control of contents and the appropriation of a specific methodological habitus.


Making judgement: the comparative learning and its methodological habitus formed in the student a critical capacity of judgement in two directions both essential for an effective intercultural mediation: the historical-critical awareness of their belonging’s categories and an ability to self-identification of the negotiation’s points by means of which to achieve a satisfactory resolution of the processes of mediation.


Communication skills: the student, trough lectures, seminars and tutorials, learn to apply the criticals tools of the translation at the proper domain of the intercultural philosophical debate and to use properly the disciplinary lexicon.



Learning skills: The acquisition of a comparative methodological habitus as foundation of intercultural mediation, establishes and strengthens an autonomous capacity learning, performed by the cognitive sequence: textual and linguistic analysis – historical-critical contextualization – comparative evaluation – negotiation’s points discernment.

Detailed Course Content

Through the comparative method the course instructs students about the principal theoretical and historical-cultural features of the contemporary philosophical debate in the Asian and African continents. A specific study will be carried out on the authors and the questions of contemporary African philosophy.

Textbook Information

V. Melchiorre (a cura di), Filosofie nel mondo, Milano, Bompiani, 2014

(le parti seguenti: A.Ventura e C. Baffioni, La tradizione islamica; M. Campanini e S. Minetti, Il pensiero islamico contemporaneo; A. Cadonna, Il pensiero cinese; L. Procesi, La filosofia in Africa; L. Magi, La filosofia indiana; G. J. Forzani, La filosofia in Giappone; B. S. Schroeder, La scuola di Kyoto)


F. Lopes, Filosofia intorno al fuoco. Il pensiero africano contemporaneo tra memoria e futuro, Bologna, EMI, 2001


Incontro con la filosofia africana, numero monografico di “B@belonline. Voci e percorsi della differenza”, n. 6, 2009 (disponibile all’indirizzo http://www.babelonline.net/home_09/Archivio_2009gen.html)

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