Academic year
2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0145 (AF:276330 AR:158496)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
6 out of 12 of ONTOLOGY
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
3rd Term
Course year
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The course of Ontology, of theoretical field, deals with the reasons and questions related to the elaboration of the doctrine on being evoked by classical thought, in view of the outcomes on the ontological front aroused by modern and contemporary philosophical reflection. The course privileges the analytical work on texts, the exhibition of the argumentative strategies and the clarification of the speculative terms devised by the thinkers who have measured themselves with the question around being.
General knowledge and understanding of some important classic texts of Western ontology

Knowledge of the fundamental argumentative strategies on theoretical dimension of philosophical experience, with particular attention to the lexicon, categories and definitions of different speculative survey areas.

Ability to deal with a philosophical text, emphasizing the theoretical approach

Ability to analyze, understand and argue the reasons underlying philosophical issues, including in relation to the consequences of a practical nature
Basic knowledge of the history of philosophy
Being and becoming. Genesis and development of the traditional ontological discourse

1) Parmenides and Gorgias: being, nothing, becoming
2) Plato: The Sophist
3) Aristotle's theory of becoming
4) Aristotle: the principle of non-contradiction

Reading and analysis of :

Parmenide, Poema sulla natura
Gorgia, Sul non ente o sulla natura

Platone, Sofista
Aristotele, Fisica, I libro
Aristotele, Metafisica, IV libro
Examination bibliography:

PARMENIDE, Poema sulla natura, a cura di G. Reale e L. Ruggiu, Milano 1991 (e ristampe) [parti indicate a lezione]
Gorgia, Testimonianze e frammenti, a cura di R. Ioli, Carocci, Roma 2013 [parti indicate a lezione]

a) PLATONE, Sofista, a cura di F. Fronterotta, Milano, Rizzoli (BUR) 2007 (e ristampe);

A choice text:
b) ARISTOTELE, I principi del divenire (Libro primo della Fisica), a cura di E. Severino, Brescia, La Scuola 1955 (e ristampe); ora anche in E. SEVERINO, Fondamento della contraddizione, Milano, Adelphi 2005, pp. 179-236;
c) ARISTOTELE, Il principio di non contraddizione (Libro quarto della Metafisica), a cura di E. Severino, Brescia, La Scuola 1959 (e ristampe); ora anche in E. SEVERINO, Fondamento della contraddizione, Milano, Adelphi 2005, pp. 237-290.
For the examination, the student will have to demonstrate to:

1) knowing how to introduce and contextualize the themes of the course from the theoretical and historical-philosophical point of view;
2) learn the terminology, the basic concepts and the theoretical points covered during the course;
3) being able to reconstruct the development of the texts, highlighting points / steps nodal and argument ways.
Introduction, reading and analysis of texts
Students who do not attend lessons are required to agree the program with the teacher
This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 27/08/2018