Academic year
2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0412 (AF:337775 AR:179164)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
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.
The Roman and Late Ancient Phylosophy.
The philosophy of L. Annaeus Seneca.
- S. Maso, Dalla riflessione sui principi all'arte della vita, Roma : Carocci
- L. Annaeus Seneca, Lettere a Lucilio, (con testo a fronte), a cura di C. Barone, Milano : Garzanti

Secondary Literature: choice of two essays:
- A.A. Long, Seneca on the Self: why not?, in Seneca ant the Self, S. Bartsch & D. Wray (eds.), Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 20-36
- C. Edwards, Free yourself! Slavery, freedom and the self in Senecas's Letters, in Seneca ant the Self, S. Bartsch & D. Wray (eds.), Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 160-187.
- B. Inwood, The Will in Seneca, in Reading Seneca. Stoic Philosophy in Rome, Oxford : Oxford Clarendon Press 2005, pp. 132-156
- H. Hine, Seneca, Stoicism, and the Problem of Moral Evil, in Ethics and Rhetoric. Classical Essay for D. Russell on his Seventy-Fifth Birthday, D. Innes; H. Hine; C. Pelling (eds.), Oxford : Clarendon Press 1995, pp. 93-115
- S. Maso, Seneca e la passione come esperienza fisica, "Elenchos", 39.2 (2018), 377-401

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 and Seneca's philosophy is required.
His preparation will be tested through an oral interview.
The course is developed according to a historical and chronological, and also thematic perspective.
Occasional participation to the conferences of Ca' Foscari's visiting professors is scheduled.
We practice 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.
For more information, www.philosophia-ve.it/universita

Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion
Ca' Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). If you have a disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services: disabilita@unive.it.


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Last update of the programme: 03/06/2020