Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0088 (AF:354202 AR:188618)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
3rd Term
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In the philosophical studies Theoretical Philosophy is as fundamental as the study of Physiology in Medicine. It aims to bring out the first elements of the essential questions of human thought, without limiting itself to an analytical decomposition or a historiographical survey. The course privileges the 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 the fundament.
General knowledge of the fundamental themes and problems of theoretical philosophy, in relation to the fundamental junctions of the western philosophical tradition and the developments determined by the contemporary debate;

General knowledge and understanding of some important classic texts of Western philosophy

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
This course is intended for students enrolled in the second year and therefore it would be inadvisable for the first year students
Plato and Aristotle. The metaphysical construction

1) Plato: Being and Nothing
2) Aristotle: theory of becoming
3) Aristotle: metaphysics and principle of non-contradiction

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

ARISTOTELE, I principi del divenire (Libro primo della Fisica), a cura di E. Severino, Morcelliana, Brescia 2022 (I ed. La Scuola, Brescia 1955); ristampato anche in E. SEVERINO, Fondamento della contraddizione, Adelphi, Milano 2005, pp. 179-236;

ARISTOTELE, Il principio di non contraddizione (Libro quarto della Metafisica), a cura di E. Severino, Morcelliana, Brescia 2021 (I ed. La Scuola, Brescia 1959); ristampato anche in E. SEVERINO, Fondamento della contraddizione, Adelphi, Milano 2005, pp. 237-290.

E. SEVERINO, La filosofia dai Greci al nostro tempo. La filosofia antica e medioevale, BUR, Milano 2004 (e ristampe), capp. I-X
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
The examination syllabus will be specified during the lessons.
Students who do not attend lessons are required to agree the program with the teacher.

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 programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 29/01/2022