Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0091 (AF:357918 AR:189995)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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The course of Philosophy of Knowledge, of theoretical field, deals with issues related to the elaboration and criticism of the foundation of knowledge, in relation to the themes evoked by classical thought and to the outcomes of modern and contemporary philosophical reflection. The course privileges the analytic work on texts, "the strenuous effort of the Concept" and the exhibition of the speculative terms devised by the thinkers who have measured themselves with the theme of knowledge
Detailed and critical knowledge of the issues and fundamental problems of philosophy of knowledge in relation to the nodal points of the Western philosophical tradition and its developments in the contemporary debate in the larger context of the crisis of the foundations in the philosophical thought of the twentieth century

Depth knowledge of the argumentative and methodological strategies regarding the theoretical size of philosophical experience

Ability to read and interpret a philosophical text, focusing on the theoretical approach

Ability to analyze, understand and argue the reasons underlying the philosophical issues in view of a theoretical reworking, also in relation to the consequences of a practical nature
Depht knowledge of the history of philosophy, with particular regard to metaphysical themes
Emanuele Severino’s reading of actualism.

1) Actualism and classical metaphysics
2) Seriousness of history
3) Actualism and problematicism
4) Nietzsche and Gentile
5) Actualism and Western history

G. Gentile, L’Attualismo. Teoria generale dello spirito come atto puro – Sistema di logica come teoria del conoscere – Filosofia dell’arte – Genesi e struttura della società, Bompiani, Milano 2014 [parti da determinare]

E. Severino, Note sul problematicismo italiano, in Id., Heidegger e la metafisica, Adelphi, Milano 1994 [parti da determinare];
E. Severino, Attualismo e “serietà” della storia, in Id., Gli abitatori del tempo. La struttura dell’Occidente e il nichilismo, BUR, Rizzoli 2009, pp. 151-166;
E. Severino, Attualismo e problematicismo, in Id., Oltre il linguaggio, Adelphi, Milano, pp. 99-118;
E. Severino, Nietzsche e Gentile, in Id., Oltre il linguaggio, Adelphi, Milano, pp. 77-98;
E. Severino, L’anello del ritorno, Adelphi, Milano 1999, pp. 393-397;
E. Severino, Attualismo e storia dell’Occidente, in G. Gentile, L’Attualismo. Teoria generale dello spirito come atto puro – Sistema di logica come teoria del conoscere – Filosofia dell’arte – Genesi e struttura della società, Bompiani, Milano 2014, pp. 7-69.

D. Spanio, Anticipare il niente. Intorno alla lettura severiniana di Gentile, in D. Spanio (a cura di), Il destino dell’essere. Dialogo con Emanuele Severino, Morcelliana, Brescia 2014, pp. 105-129;
D. Spanio, La “serietà” della contraddizione, in “La Filosofia Futura”, 1 (2013), pp. 131-147;
D. Spanio, Contro l’indifferenza. Severino e la destinazione del mondo, in “Filosofia e teologia”, 1 (2019), pp. 24-44;
D. Spanio, Logica dell’anticipazione. Severino, Gentile e l’ontologia, in “La Filosofia futura”, 15 (2020), pp. 57-72;
For the examination, the student will have to demonstrate to:
1) know how to contextualize the themes of the course from the historical-philosophical point of view;
2) know the terminology, the fundamental concepts and the theoretical references of the texts explored by the course
3) being able to analytically reconstruct the trend of the analyzed texts, highlighting points/steps nodal and argument ways
4) grasp the outcomes of this specific approach to theme.
Lecture and seminar
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
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This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 18/07/2021