Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0421 (AF:376910 AR:202018)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Term
Course year
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The course is counted among the formative activities of History of Philosophy of the Bachelor's degree in Philosophy. As such the course aims to provide a critical knowledge of the main philosophical topics and issues in their historical development and in their connections with other disciplines and fields of research (Psychology, Human Sciences, Educational Science, Art). Within this framework, the course aims to provide 1) a deep knowledge of the main authors, works and philosophical orientations of Ancient and Medieval thought; 2) the ability of contextualizing, analyzing and critically interpreting sources of different kinds; 3) the lexical and conceptual tools necessary to the study of the history of ancient and medieval philosophy and to the acquisition of good communicative skills .
At the end of the course students are expected :
1) to know and understand :
- the authors, the works and the main topics concerning the history of the ancient and medieval philosophy and their cultural context.
- the terminology appropriate to this field of study
2) to apply their knowledge to the analysis of ancient texts; to discuss in a pertinent and argumentative way philosophical and exegetical questions;
3) to present in written and oral form the acquired contents of the course.
There are no prerequisites for the attendance of the course.
Lessons will focus in particular on the following authors: Natural philosophers; Parmenides, Socrates; Plato and Aristotle; Hellenistic Philosophers; Plotinus; Agustin; Anselm; Thomas and Ockam.
R. Chiaradonna, P. Pecere, Filosofia. La ricerca della Conoscenza, voll. 1A e 1B. Mondadori, Milano 2018.
Notes and presentations of the contents of the lessons.
The exam will consist into a written test composed of 10 open questions: one on the Presocratic naturalist philosophy; one on the socratic dialectic; 1 on Plato's philosophy; 1 on Aristotle's philosophy; 1 on Plotinus, 1 on Augustin, 1 on Anselm, 1 on Thomas d'Aquinas, 1 on Ockam, 1. Questions will concern notions, doctrines, contents of ancient and medieval philosophical works, ancient texts to be analyzed and commented on. The exam will aim to verify 1) the knowledge and the understanding of the topic that have been treated during the course; 2) the capacity to analyze a philosophical text; 3) the ability to present the contents of the course.
Analysis of texts.
Students who do not intend to attend the course are kindly asked to contact the teacher in order to replace the notes and the presentations of the lessons with other bibliographic materials.

Materials will be available in Moodle.

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: 15/05/2022