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Faculty of Educational Sciences
EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES
Course unit
HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY
SFN1027627, A.A. 2011/12

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES (Ord. 2011)
SF1334, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2011/12
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch ROVIGO
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge RICCARDO QUINTO

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-FIL/03 Moral Philosophy 3.0
Basic courses M-FIL/06 History of Philosophy 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 05/03/2012
End of activities 16/06/2012
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 GRIGENTI FABIO (Presidente)
SANO' LAURA (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 GRIGENTI FABIO (Presidente)
SANO' LAURA (Membro Effettivo)
5 2017/18 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 GRIGENTI FABIO (Presidente)
SANO' LAURA (Membro Effettivo)
4 2016/17 01/10/2016 30/09/2017 GRIGENTI FABIO (Presidente)
SANO' LAURA (Membro Effettivo)
3 2015/16 01/10/2015 30/09/2016 DALLA VALLE MARTINO (Presidente)
SCILIRONI CARLO (Membro Effettivo)
2 2014/15 01/10/2014 30/09/2015 GILARDI ROBERTO (Presidente)
ZAGO GIUSEPPE (Membro Effettivo)
1 2013/14 01/10/2013 30/09/2014 FURLANI SIMONE (Presidente)
ZAGO GIUSEPPE (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge:: The course aims at training the students:
1. to understand the coherence (and possible difficulties) of some of the principal systems in Western Philosophy;
2. to understand and correctly use philosophical language, and gain an awareness of its historical changes;
3. to develop the ability to read and understand philosophical texts, to grasp their structure and their conclusions, and present them with appropriate language.
Course unit contents: Philosophical Search for God and Critique of Knowledge in Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Philosophy.

The lessons will present the principal Western philosophers, aiming to shed light on how the search for a rational order of reality ended up by elaborating “proofs of the existence of God” according to different models (namely, “a priori” and “a posteriori” demonstrations) and how other philosophers opposed these proofs with a number of critiques. The epistemological presuppositions of such proofs and of the critiques to them will be pointed out, as well as the outcome of the different positions in the field of morals, i.e. the outcome regarding the possibility for philosophy to propose a conduct of life for man.
In particular, the following topics will be presented:
a) The rise of philosophy in Greece;
b) Socrates as the model of the perfect philosopher;
c) Plato and the discovery of the intelligible world (reading of Palto’s Symposium);
d) Aristotle: The intelligible structure of the physical world and the inference of a first cause of movement;
e) System of reality and philosophy as a way of life: Hellenistic Philosophy
f) Neoplatonism as a cosmology and a “philosophical religion”
g) Greek Philosophy encounters monotheistic religions:
g.1) Christian Platonism: Augustine of Hippo and Anselm of Canterbury
g.2) Reception and transformation of Greek Philosophy in Christianity and Islam: Ibn Sina and Thomas Aquinas
h) The Beginnings of Modern Philosophy
h.1) Physics becomes independent of philosophy: Galileo
h.2) Knowledge, metaphysics and morality in Descartes
i) Empiricism and Rationalism
l) Kant’s critical philosophy: impossibility of metaphysics and foundation of morality.
Planned learning activities: • For a through g the relevant parts of C. Esposito-P. Porro, Filosofia antica e medievale, Laterza, Bari 2009 must be studied; for h through l the reading of the relevant parts of C. Esposito-C. Porro, Filosofia moderna, Laterza, Bari 2009 is suggested (the exact sections of these books will be indicated during the lessons, and will be specified in the course web-page)
• Philosophical texts that will be read and explained during the lessons:
• Platone, Il Simposio, trad. di C. Diano, introduzione e commento di D. Susanetti, Marsilio, Venezia 1992 (and later reprints);
• Aristotele, Metafisica Libro XII, capp. 6-9 (the text will be put at the disposal of the students);
• Agostino d’Ippona, De libero arbitrio, II, 12, 33 – 15, 39.
• Avicenna, Metafisica, I, 6 (testo in Esposito-Porro, Filosofia antica e medievale, pp. 501-502);
• Anselmo d’Aosta, Proslogion, proemio e capp. 1-4; Gaunilone, Liber pro insipiente e risposta di Anselmo (the text will be put at the disposal of the students)
• Tommaso d’Aquino, Summa theologiae, Ia pars, q. 2, artt. 1-3 (the text will be put at the disposal of the students);
• René Descartes, Meditazioni metafisiche, meditazioni III e V, in Cartesio, Meditazioni metafisiche, a c. di L. Urbani Ulivi, Bompiani, Milano 2002 (the text will be put at the disposal of the students);
• Kant, Critica della ragion pura, Dialettica trascendentale, cap. III (L’ideale della ragion pura), sezioni 3 e 4 (the text will be put at the disposal of the students).
Textbooks: C. Esposito-P. Porro Laterza, Bari 2009, Filosofia antica e medievale,. Bari: Laterza, 2009. Le parti da studiare verranno indicate durante il corso e comunque prima delle singole prove
Platone, Il Simposio, trad. di C. Diano, introduzione e commento di D. Susanetti. Venezia: Marsilio, 1992.
Aristotele, Metafisica Libro XII, capp. 6-9. --: --, --. Il testo sarà messo a disposizione degli studenti dal docente
Agostino d’Ippona,, De libero arbitrio, II, 12, 33 – 15, 39, trad. di G. Catapano, pp. 1029-1041. Milano: Bompiani, 2006. Il testo sarà messo a disposizione degli studenti dal docente
Avicenna, Metafisica, I, 6. --: --, --. (testo in Esposito-Porro, Filosofia antica e medievale, pp. 501-502) Cerca nel catalogo
Anselmo d’Aosta, Proslogion, proemio e capp. 1-4; tr. S. Vanni Rovighi, pp. 71-77. Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2008. Il testo sarà messo a disposizione degli studenti dal docente
Gaunilone, Liber pro insipiente e risposta di Anselmo, tr. di S. Vanni Rovighi, pp. 92-106. Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2008. Il testo sarà messo a disposizione degli studenti dal docente
Tommaso d’Aquino, Summa theologiae, Prima pars, q. 2, artt. 1-3, tr. della redazione ESD, pp. 45-50. Bologna: Ed. Studio Domenicano, 1996. Il testo sarà messo a disposizione degli studenti dal docente Cerca nel catalogo
René Descartes, Meditazioni metafisiche, meditazioni III e V, in Cartesio, Meditazioni metafisiche, a c. di L. Urbani Ulivi, pp. 180-216; 239-255. Milano: Bompiani, 2002. Il testo sarà messo a disposizione degli studenti dal docente
Immanuel Kant, Critica della ragion pura, Dialettica trascendentale, cap. III (L’ideale della ragion pura), sezioni 3 e 4, tr. P. Chiodi, pp. 472-483. Torino: Utet, 1977. Il testo sarà messo a disposizione degli studenti dal docente
C. Esposito-P. Porro, Filosofia moderna. Bari: Laterza, 2009. Il testo è consigliato, ma gli studenti possono studiare gli autori della Filosofia moderma anche in un manuale a propria scelta
Additional notes about suggested reading:: The same as for the programme in Italian
Teaching methods: Teaching Methods:
Lessons will be supported by slides, which the student will be able to find in advance in the course web-page.
Students will be invited to participate actively in the reading of philosophical texts.

Exam:
Students can choose between a written exam (two questionnaires, one after each part of the course) and an oral examination on the whole programme, at the end of the course.
Assessment criteria:
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