M-FIL/06 - 9 CFU - 1° Semester

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Learning Objectives

The objective is to provide students with some knowledge about the modern 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. The course analyzes the authors and themes of modern and contemporary philosophy, with particular reference to certain problems of methodology, science and historiography, and then dwell on the relationship between anthropology and history.

Detailed Course Content

A – General Part of the Discipline (4 CFU):

Humanism and Renaissance (Montaigne, Cusano, Ficino, Pico, Pomponazzi, Erasmo), Telesio, Bruno, Campanella, Galilei, Bacone, Newton, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Darwin, the Evolutionary Positivism (Spencer), the Neo-Kantianism (Rickert, Windelband, Cassirer), the German Historicism (Dilthey, Simmel, Spengler, Troeltsch, Meinecke), The Controversy over the Foundations, Freud, Husserl, The Frankfurt School (Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse), Heidegger, the Neopositivism, Philosophy and Epistemology from Mach to Popper, Kuhn, Lakatos and Feyerabend.


B – Methodological aspects of the Discipline (3 CFU):

The Problem of Knowledge in the Modern Age


C – Monographic part of the Discipline (2 CFU):

Anthropology and History.

Textbook Information

A – For a first classification of the authors recommend the use of a good textbook in high school (for example: N. Abbagnano-G. Fornero, La filosofia, Torino, Paravia, 2009, vols. 2-3; 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. VII-X, or L. Geymonat, Storia del pensiero filosofico e scientifico, Milano, Garzanti, 1972 ff., vols. II-XI). The pages to be studied, for this part, are a total of about 400.


B - E. Cassirer, Storia della filosofia moderna, Torino, Einaudi, 1978, I, 2, pp. 291-462; II, 2, pp. 435-530.


C - 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.


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