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Definition of lesson periods
Oct 3, 2011
Jan 27, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
Jun 8, 2012
Sessione esami invernale
Jan 30, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
Sessione esami estiva
Jun 11, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
Sessione esami autunnale
Sep 3, 2012
Sep 29, 2012
Sessione laurea estiva - I appello
Jun 19, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
Sessione laurea estiva - II appello
Jul 10, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
Sessione laurea autunnale - I appello
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 19, 2012
Sessione laurea autunnale - II appello
Nov 12, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
Festa di Ognissanti
Nov 1, 2011
Nov 1, 2011
Festa dell'Immacolata Concezione
Dec 8, 2011
Dec 8, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
Jan 6, 2012
Apr 5, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
Festa della Liberazione
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
Festa del Lavoro
May 1, 2012
May 1, 2012
Festa della Repubblica
Jun 2, 2012
Jun 2, 2012
Aug 8, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
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Beyond offering a general picture of authors and schools within the ancient and mediaeval philosophy, the course aims at teaching to use the proper philosophical terminology. Also it aims at teaching the critical use of an original philosophical text, for acquiring basic philosophical matters and concepts.
Prerequisites: Surely a previous knowledge of the history of the ancient and mediaeval philosophy allows to work easier within this scientific field: however it is not compulsory. The same can be said as to the ancient Greek and Latin languages. Better, an attention to lexical research and an interest in a critical reading of philosophical texts are very useful.
Course's content: Title: “Immortality: philosophy as gotting over death”
First of all we will analyze the ancient Greek notion of death, as it was imagined in the Homerical and the Orphic traditions and by some of the Presocratic philosophers (Heraclitus, Pythagoreans, Empedocles). In Socrates' and Plato's thoughts -particularly in the dialogue entitled Phaedo- two notions are treated, later become fundamental in the history of Western philosophy. The notion of the soul (psychè), as the most genuine part of human being: the soul is a gnoseological and moral subject, capable of immortality; and the notion of immortality itself (athanasìa), as a way of living which the soul is rationally expected to live after the end of the body. Then philosophy itself is an 'exercise in dying” (melète thanàtou), namely a practice, already done during the embodied life, to an event which is natural and not to be feared, as regarding the sole body.
During the Middle Ages philosophy looses its leading role, thus altering the perception of death. Augustine maintains the important notion of the immortality of the soul, which he inherits straight from the Platonic and Neo-platonic traditions, whereas the notion of philosophy as ‘exercise in dying’ gives place to ascetic ideals that will later culminate in monastic life. Boethius and his philosophy are the place where the two worlds gently meet: in his masterpiece, The Consolation by Philosophy, written while imprisoned and waiting for a death sentence to be executed, the ancient Greek-Roman ideals about death are recalled but turned towards a spiritual experience which will basically consider asceticism as the true remedy against the anxiety of death.
In the silence kept by the Western contemporary culture about ‘death’ (a pure medical event) it seems very useful and brightening to reflect upon the different vision of death which was offered at the roots of our cultural tradition.
Books to be studied:
a) General Part: E. BERTI-F. VOLPI, Storia della filosofia: dall'antichità ad oggi, Edizione compatta, 2 voll. indivisibili, Roma-Bari 2007 (from Neoplatonism to Occam);
b) Lecture Notes: their presence, if ever, will be noticed to students in due time.
c) Basic text: AGOSTINO, Sull’anima, Bompiani, Milano 2003 (only the De immortalitate animae); BOEZIO, La consolazione della (o di) Filosofia, all editions are good (by Bettetini, Moreschini, Mohrmann).
d) Critical Texts: not previewed.
Teaching Methods: The course will be carried on by frontal lessons, with an introductory presentation of thinkers and philosophical schools, with direct reading of the texts on the monographical subject and following discussions. Therefore attendance at classes will be very useful and desirable, though obviously not compulsory.
The same program is valid for the students who cannot attend lessons; nevertheless, they -when not interested in the texts quoted before, at the points e (Integrations and substitutions)- must get in touch with teachers, in order to receive indications on adding texts, whose reading will compensate for lacking attendance: these texts will be agreed for every student, with regard to his previous knowledge, curriculum and interests.
Some oral questions will be put to the student; he will be invited to read and comment some passages of the original texts already read together during classes. As to the basic texts of the course, the student can choose also to write a brief paper (5-10 pp., to be given at least one week before the exam) on some subjects discussed together, or on some passages read together during classes: this relation will be orally discussed during the exam.
Type D and Type F activities
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