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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SFM1027268, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SU2090, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ETICHS AND CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ROBERTO GILARDI M-FIL/06

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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 GILARDI ROBERTO (Presidente)
MALAGUTI ILARIA (Membro Effettivo)
SCILIRONI CARLO (Membro Effettivo)
4 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 GILARDI ROBERTO (Presidente)
MALAGUTI ILARIA (Membro Effettivo)
SCILIRONI CARLO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: A general view of philosophical and scientific thought.
Target skills and knowledge: 1. A good knowledge both of Popper's epistemology and Socrates, Plato, Hegel and Marx's ideas about justice, according to Popperian interpretations of them in "The Open Society and its Enemies".
2. The ability to read this text critically and to discuss its main theoretical matters.
Examination methods: The exam consists in an oral test at the end of the course and is both of informative and critical nature.
Assessment criteria: Above all, the oral exam will valuate the student's ability to set out the claims of each philosopher Popper dealt with and to discuss the interpretation he gave of him.
Course unit contents: 1. The real idea of science, according to Popper.
2. Popper vs. the Verification Theory of meaning; his choice of the Falsifiability Principle.
3. The concepts of 'Open Society' and 'Closed Society', and their methodological use by Popper.
4. The ideas of freedom and democracy, and their paradoxes.
5. Socrates, as the typical philosopher of the 'Open Society'.
6. Plato, as a typical example of 'totalitarian' philosopher.
7. The true meaning of Platonic communism.
8. Two opposite models of contemporary totalitarian thought: Hegel and Marx.
9. Marx's historical materialism: an erroneous idea of science, according to Popper.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures will be mainly frontal; but sometimes there will be time left for a discussion about the possible uses of the concepts of 'Open' and 'Closed Society' in different fields, as the psychological and educational ones.
Additional notes about suggested reading: For attending students only, the notes taken at lessons are resources adequate; the unattending students can find an alternative help in a good textbook and the suitable entries of some philosophical dictionary or encyclopaedia.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Popper, Karl, La societ√† aperta e i suoi nemici. Roma: Armando, 2004. L'opera √® in due volumi e servono entrambi per seguire il corso e sostenere l'esame. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Marx, Karl e Engels, Friedrich, L'ideologia tedesca. Roma: Editori Riuniti, 2008. Solo il Libro Primo, con la Prefazione e il Capitolo I, dedicato a Feuerbach. Cerca nel catalogo