PHILOSOPHICAL ANTROPOLOGY I

Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
ANTROPOLOGIA FILOSOFICA I
Course code
FT0005 (AF:250016 AR:156762)
Modality
On campus classes
ECTS credits
6 out of 12 of PHILOSOPHICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
M-FIL/03
Period
3rd Term
Course year
1
This course examines anthropologia filosofica in the historical context of Renaissance thought.
The goals of the course are to familiarize students with the debates over human nature and humanity’s place in the universe during the period 1400-1600. Particular attention will be given to the role of Renaissance humanism, Hermeticism, distinctions between the divine and human, and debates surrounding the immortality of the intellect.

At the end of the course students should be able:

1) Trace the historical development of Renaissance humanist ideas about humanity.
2) Understand the key concepts in Renaissance debates about the immortality of the soul.
3) Reconstruct the intellectual, medical, philosophical, religious, and technological contexts of Renaissance understandings of human nature and their backgrounds in ancient and medieval thought.
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1. Introduction to Renaissance humanist thought.
2. Pietro Pomponazzi and the problem of the soul.
Pomponazzi, Trattato sull'immortalità dell'anima, Florence, 1999.
Pomponazzi, Le incantazioni, Florence, 2004.
Yates, Giordano Bruno e la tradizione ermetica (any edition).
Pico della Mirandola, Discorso sulla dignità dell'uomo, Milano, 2003 (other editions are acceptable).
written
Essay exam over the required texts and lectures.
Lecture and group discussions.
Italian
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
Last update of the programme: 08/01/2018