Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0473 (AF:376902 AR:203462)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Term
Course year
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The course of Gnoseology, of theoretical field, deals in particular with the issues related to the theory of knowledge elaborated in the modern age, constantly referring to the themes evoked by classical thought and the outcomes of contemporary philosophical reflection. The course privileges the analytical work on texts, the exhibition of the argumentative strategies and the clarification of speculative terms devised by the thinkers who have measured themselves with the question of the possibility and limits of knowledge.
A general knowledge of the issues and fundamental problems of gnoseology, in relation to the nodal points of the Western philosophical tradition and its developments in the contemporary debate;

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

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
Basic knowledge of the history of philosophy
The concept of experience after Hegel

a) Heidegger: the Hegelian concept of experience
b) Gentile: "pure" experience and history;
c) Gadamer: experience and historicity of understanding;
d) Bontadini: experience and metaphysics;

M. Heidegger, Il concetto hegeliano di esperienza, in Id., Sentieri interrotti, La Nuova Italia, Firenze;
G. Gentile, L'esperienza pura e la realtà storica, in Id., La riforma della dialettica hegeliana, Le Lettere, Firenze;
H. G. Gadamer, Verità e metodo, parte II, II, 3 b): Il concetto di esperienza e l'essenza dell'esperienza ermeneutica, Bompiani, Milano;
G. Bontadini, La funzione metodologica dell'unità dell'esperienza, in Id., Conversazioni di metafisica, Vita e Pensiero, Milano.

S. Vanni Rovighi, Gnoseologia. Storia della filosofia della conoscenza, Morcelliana, Brescia 2021 (I ed. 1963) (= S. Vanni Rovighi, Filosofia della conoscenza, Edizioni Studio Domenicano, Bologna 2015)

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 the 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 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

This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 10/07/2022