Academic year
2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0431 (AF:283868 AR:160757)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Term
Course year
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The course is part of the more general domain of the history of philosophy. It is characterized by the particular evidence it gives to the schools of thought of the Hellenistic period and to the re-elaboration in the Roman world of Greek thought and doctrines.
Teaching will proceed according to the following path:
A) Probing, in a theoretic-problematic way, some topics of of hellenistic and Roman philosophy
B) Setting up of a scientifically correct and efficacious survey method.
C) Perfecting of the dialectical technique
D) Reading of texts in their original language and in translation

The student will master the research tools in the historical-philosophical field and will reach a thorough knowledge of the key points of the Roman and late ancient philosophical tradition. He will demonstrate to be able to reflect on the topics of ancient thought also in reference to the contemporary world.
A basic knowledge of the History of Ancient Philosophy is required.
A basic knowledge of classical languages is also desirable.
It is not necessary to have already given the examination of "Greek origins of the European philosophical tradition".
The Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy.
Stoicism in Greece and in Rom.
Seneca's Epistulae ad Lucilium

a) Seneca, Lettere a Lucilio, testo latino a fronte, C. Barone curatrice, Garzanti 2008
b) S. Maso, Lingua philosophica Graeca, Milano : Mimesis 2010
c) S. Maso, Filosofia a Roma. Dalla riflessione sui principi all’arte della vita, Roma : Carocci 2012
d) A. Kenny, Filosofia antica, Einaudi 2012
e) B. Inwood, Reading Seneca, Oxford University Press, 2005
f) P. Hadot,Esercizi spirituali e filosofia antica, Einaudi 2002


S. Bartsch - D. Wray, Seneca and the Self, Cambridge University Press 2009
A companion to Marcus Aurelius, by M. van Ackeren, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012

The student has to show a detailed knowledge of the historical period concerning Hellenistic, Roman, and Late Antiquity Philosophy. A deep knowledge of the main philosophical topics is required. His preparation will be tested through an oral interview and the discussion of a term paper.
The course is developed according to a historical and chronological, and also thematic perspective.
Occasional participation to the conferences of the Ca' Foscari's visiting professors is scheduled.
We practise a close analysis of some classical texts.
In connection with the course will be scheduled a few days of study in which participants include researchers from European universities. During the course lectures will be given prompt notice of this.
The course is developed in two sections; the second one is structured in a seminar way.

For more information, www.philosophia-ve.it/universita

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Last update of the programme: 06/08/2018