Academic year
2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0167 (AF:297906 AR:159130)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
3rd Term
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General introduction to HE/ The Problem of Ideology in the History of Knowledge (Gramsci and Althusser)
• To introduce students to the main currents and problems of historical epistemology, seen as the last great attempt to organically connect history of science and philosophy of science (5 meetings, with guests).
• To address a crucial topic of historical epistemology, namely the relation between science, education and ideology on the basis of the concepts of cultural hegemony (Gramsci) and ideological apparatus (Althusser).
• To become acquainted with key thinkers and sources of historical and political epistemology of the last century.
• To become capable of analyzing and discussing philosophical sources and critically interpret them.
• Enthusiasm and readiness to engage with challenging philosophical readings.
• A fair knowledge of English, for certain didactic materials as well as in case of meeting with foreign scholars in some of the classes.
This class is divided into two parts:
1. a general introduction (5 meetings, with guests) to the main themes and authors of historical epistemology (a historical-theoretical approach to science that brings together its history of science and the philosophy of science)
2. a reflection on the connection of science, education and ideology on the basis of two recent classics of political-cultural philosophy: Althusser, Idéologie et appareils idéologiques d’Etat e Gramsci, Quaderni del carcere X e XI.
• Teaching handouts
• Althusser, 'Idéologie et appareils idéologiques d’Etat'
• Gramsci, 'Quaderni del carcere' X e XI
Active participation to seminar activities within the course (assisted by PhD students);
Oral examination.
Frontal didactics.
Experts' presentations on specific topics.
Seminarial activities on primary sources (assisted by PhD students)

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 16/10/2018