Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0500 (AF:357572 AR:188230)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
3rd Term
Course year
Go to Moodle page
A general introduction to historical epistemology and reading of a classic.

Can we understand science in historical terms? Can we address the history of science in philosophical terms? This is the dual task of historical epistemology. This class aims to introduce to the students the main themes and the most significant currents of historical epistemology.

Students will be introduced to a series of philosophical texts which will familiarize him or her with the main authors as well as with the problems and perspectives that have been developed within the historical-epistemological debates.
• 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.
• To address crucial themes of historical epistemology, namely the philosophical and cultural significance of the history of scientific thought and the relationship between abstract universality and the historicity of science.
• To become acquainted with key thinkers and sources of historical and political epistemology.
• 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 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 science-philosophy-history nexus on the basis of a series of readings of reference texts;
3. the specific focus of this year is the problem of continuity and discontinuity of science both at a historical level and at a cognitive level.
• Historical epistemology: lecture notes (in moodle).
• A series of texts in historical epistemology that will be made partially available to students before the course (moodle)
The students' preparation will be verified through interaction with students during the course and through a final oral exam centered on the course texts.
The teaching will be divided
• in a part of frontal teaching, in which the professor will introduce students to the topics of the course,
• and in a dialogic-seminar part, in which students will interact with their classmates and the professor on the basis of texts they have been assigned and they have to read in preparation for the lessons.
Ca’ Foscari applica la Legge Italiana (Legge 17/1999; Legge 170/2010) per i servizi di supporto e di accomodamento disponibili agli studenti con disabilità o con disturbi specifici dell’apprendimento. Se hai una disabilità motoria, visiva, dell’udito o altre disabilità (Legge 17/1999) o un disturbo specifico dell’apprendimento (Legge 170/2010) e richiedi supporto (assistenza in aula, ausili tecnologici per lo svolgimento di esami o esami individualizzati, materiale in formato accessibile, recupero appunti, tutorato specialistico a supporto dello studio, interpreti o altro) contatta l’ufficio Disabilità e DSA disabilita@unive.it.
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 24/01/2022