INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

Anno accademico 2019/2020 Programmi anni precedenti
Titolo corso in inglese INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
Codice insegnamento LT9004 (AF:302489 AR:166694)
Modalità In presenza
Crediti formativi universitari 12
Livello laurea Laurea
Settore scientifico disciplinare M-FIL/06
Periodo I Semestre
Anno corso 1
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Inquadramento dell'insegnamento nel percorso del corso di studio
The aim of the course is to introduce students to some of the most important topics of Western philosophy, in order to develop an understanding of the nature of philosophical questions, and of ways in which these can be answered.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
a) demonstrate knowledge of important philosophical terms as metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, logic, rationalism, empiricism, idealism, dualism, reductionism, determinism;
b) demonstrate knowledge of the views of the philosophers studied;
c) articulate how these views are created in response to general philosophical problems and/or to the views of other philosophers;
d) read, summarize and interpret the views of philosophers as expressed in philosophical texts;
e) identify the philosophical questions presented by the movies considered;
f) think more critically and argument more clearly.
Prerequisiti
The course does not have entry requirements
Contenuti
We will reflect in particular on five themes: 1) The nature of knowledge; 2) Personal identity 3) The mind-body problem; 4) God and theodicy; 5) Free will. For each topic, students will consider the positions of such important thinkers as René Descartes, John Locke, David Hume, Daniel Dennett. We will wholly read a classic of philosophy – Descartes's Meditations on first philosophy–in order to become familiar with philosophical language and arguments. Moreover, we will watch and discuss two movies, which are related to the aforementioned topics: 1) The Matrix; 2) Minority Report.
Testi di riferimento
N. Warburton, Philosophy. The Basics, Routledge 2013.
J. Perry, M. Bratman, J. M. Fischer (eds.), Introduction to Philosophy. Classical and Contemporary Readings, Oxford University Press, 2016 (excerpts)
R. Descartes, Meditations on First philosophy (suggested edition ed. by J. Cottingham, Cambridge University Press).
D. Hume, An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (suggested edition Oxford University Press)
A selection of other texts will be given during the classes and will be present on the moodle of the class.
Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento
The evaluation will be based on a written exam with multiple choice general questions and open questions on the texts discussed.

Students with different abilities and / or with specific learning disorders following this course are invited to report to the teacher (and to the specific office disabilita@unive.it) any need to optimize the preparation for the exam.
Metodi didattici
Lectures, reading and discussion of texts, debates.
Lingua di insegnamento
Inglese
Modalità di esame
scritto
Il programma è ancora provvisorio e potrà subire modifiche.
Data ultima modifica programma
07/08/2019