Academic year
2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0408 (AF:340437 AR:179136)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
3rd Term
Course year
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The aim of the course is to offer an introduction to major problems at the intersection of philosophy and literature. Among the primary topics to be discussed will be the debate on realism and antirealism, drawing a comparison between ordinary language and literary language. Part of the course will be devoted to the interrelation between ethics and imagination, investigating different answers to the question about the relationship between reality and fiction.
The student, on successful completion of this module, will be able to:

1. identify theorical and historical-critical dimensions
2. critically engage with philosophical arguments organizing them
3. differentiate positions within the contemporary philosophical landscapes
There are no prerequisites.
The Realm of literary make-believe

The course will focus on theories of imitation and imagination in the philosophical analysis and literature. We will investigate the ethical significance of literary work trough careful readings of texts and other materials: fictional narratives, poems, plays and movies.
- L. Wittgenstein, «Diari», Laterza
- L. Wittgenstein, «Pensieri diversi», Adelphi
- E. Auerbach, «Mimesis. Il realismo nella letteratura occidentale», Einaudi (una selezione)
- A.G. Gargani, «Lo stupore e il caso», Laterza (una selezione)
- R. Bodei, «Destini personali», Feltrinelli (una selezione)
- C. Ginzburg, «Il filo e le tracce», Feltrinelli (una selezione)
- A. Voltolini, «Finzioni», Laterza
Oral examination based on problems considered during the course.
Method of instruction: the main teaching methods of the course are the lecture and the lecture-discussion. Every student will be encouraged to participate in the discussion of the materials (small group seminars and presentations).
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:


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: 22/02/2021