History of Philosophy (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Maria Cecilia Barbetta
Maria Cecilia Barbetta
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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II semestre dal Feb 18, 2019 al Jun 1, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The purpose of the course is to introduce the students to
- some essential concepts of the modern historical-philosophical thinking
- the meaning of the philosophical terminology
- the critical approach of a literary text
At the end of the teaching students will be able to
- deal fluently with philosophical history
- understand the philosophical texts studied during the course
- use in an actual contest the themes debated
- express an independent opinion on the critical matter in the text
- communicate with enough clarity the studied topics


Talking - with themselves and with others, with words or without - is an irreplaceable mean of human growth: an everyday exercise of “taking care of oneself”, acknowledging what we really are and what the world is.
The course will start with the reading of the first two dialogues of The Republic by Plato as examples of Socratic (the first) and Platonic (the second) dialogues.
The course will then focus on what Hannah Arendt wrote about the Socratic dialogic thought. Both issues will be contextualized in the proper historical-cultural setting and then developed with references to contemporary dialogue philosophies.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Linda M. Napolitano Valditara Il dialogo socratico. Fra tradizione storica e pratica filosofica per la cura di sé (Edizione 1) Mimesis 2018 978-88-5755-065-7 pagine scelte
Platone La Repubblica (Edizione 16) Laterza 2007 88-420-4544-6 Libro Primo e Libro Secondo
Hannah Arendt La vita della mente (Edizione 1) Il Mulino 2009 978-88-15-12805-8 pagine scelte
Hannah Arendt Socrate (Edizione 1) Cortina Milano 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam. The exam has the goal of prove the knowledge and the comprehension of the studied topics, contained in the texts listed in the bibliography. There are no differences between attending and non-attending students.

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