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LEL1000502, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0614, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
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 CECILIA MARTINI M-FIL/08

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-FIL/08 History of Mediaeval Philosophy 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 MARTINI CECILIA (Presidente)
CATAPANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
4 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 MARTINI CECILIA (Presidente)
CATAPANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: It is preferable to have some basic knowledge of late-ancient, medieval and Arabic medieval philosophy. In this last field the professor is at disposal of the students to supply bibliographical indications.
Target skills and knowledge: The aims of the course are the following:
(1) the knowledge of the the historical, political and social context of the philosophical tradition of the Muslim East between IX and X centuries;
(2) the knowledge of al-Farabi's intellectual biography, production and philosophical agenda;
(3) the reading and the analysis of the work entitled On the Perfect State where al-Farabi presents his own philosophical system (metaphysics, cosmology, physics, psychology, gnoseology, and politics).
Examination methods: The exam consists of an interview on several topics addressed during the lessons. The individual interview will last about 30 (thirty) minutes. The questions will verify the knowledge of the author and the treatise addressed during the course.
Assessment criteria: The mark will express the level of achievement of the aims (see the section "Knowledge and skills to be acquired"). The following abilities will be assessed: completeness of knowledge, accuracy of conceptual analysis, correct terminology and construction of a relevant and clear personal critical discourse.
Course unit contents: The lessons will be divided according to the following teaching units:

(1) The cultural context, the man and the work
1. Baghdad in the tenth century
2. Intellectual biography of the "second master"
3. The works and the historiographical criteria for their interpretation
4. The propedeutics of knowledge: logic or grammar?

(II). Epistemology of sciences and their propaedeutics
1. A new system of knowledge
2. Philosophy as a system
3. The relationship between language and thought
4. Logic

(III). The hegemonic science: Metaphysics
1. The being and the one
2. Objects and parts of the Metaphysics
3. The nature of the First Principle
4. The action of the First Principle
5. Cosmology

(IV). Philosophical anthropology: soul and intellect
1. The soul
2. Intellect
3. Prophecy
4. The political and social role of the philosopher
5. The virtuous city
6. The degenerate forms of the virtuous city
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The predominant teaching method will be lectures which will try to engage students and stimulate discussion. The lessons will include the reading and the analysis of the treatise On the Perfect State. Each student will have a short essay on the author and his work to present to the class.Attendance is strongly recommended.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The bibliographical references, texts and powerpoints presented in class will be available on the course's moodle page. Non-attending students have to contact the professor to agree on the exam program.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • al-Fārābī, Abū Naṣr Muḥammad; Campanini, Massimo, <<La >>città virtuosaal-Farabia cura di Massimo Campanini. Milano: Biblioteca universale Rizzoli, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • D'Ancona, Cristina, Storia della filosofia nell'islam medievalea cura di Cristina D'Ancona. Torino: G. Einaudi, 2005. vol. I, pp. 180-448 Cerca nel catalogo

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