Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: Giancarlo MAGNANO SAN LIO

Expected Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students will acquire: 1) knowledge and understanding skills; 2) ability to apply knowledge and understanding; 3) autonomy of judgment; 4) communication skills; 5) learning ability.

The course analyzes authors and themes of modern and contemporary philosophy, in particular to some methodological, scientific and historiographical problems. The course will analyze a more specific monographic theme as a case study of the general theoretical line. The aim is to provide students with the basic contents of the modern and contemporary historical-philosophical debate, in particular the problems concerning the human sciences and their methodological articulation, and the ability to read philosophical texts.

Course Structure


Attendance of Lessons

Attendance is not compulsory.

Detailed Course Content

A – Method problems (1 ECTS, Prof. Giancarlo Magnano San Lio)

B - Science and philosophy in the modern age (1 ECTS, Prof. Luigi Ingaliso): The Renaissance (Telesio, Bruno, Campanella), Galilei, Bacon, Hobbes, Newton.

C Science and philosophy in the contemporary age (5 ECTS, Prof. Giancarlo Magnano San Lio): The philosophy of Romanticism (Schleiermacher, W. von Humboldt, Goethe), the Positivism (Comte, Stuart Mill, Spencer), the Neokantism (Rickert, Windelband, Cassirer), the German Historicism (Dilthey, Spengler), Freud, Weber, Jaspers, Horkheimer, Scheler, Plessner, Gehlen, the Neopositivism (Schlick, Carnap), Popper, Wittgenstein, Kuhn, Lakatos. Feyerabend, the analytic philosophy (Quine).

D - Philosophy, history, visions of the world (2 ECTS, Prof. Giancarlo Magnano San Lio).

Textbook Information

A: E. Cassirer, Introduzione alla Storia della filosofia moderna, vol. IV: I sistemi posthegeliani, Torino, Einaudi, 1978, I, pp. 13-39.

B and C: It is recommended the use of a good high school manual (for example: N. Abbagnano / G. Fornero, La filosofia, Torino, Paravia, 2009, vol. 2-3; or another manual that may be agreed with the teacher); furthermore, the authors and the topics dealt with should be explored in a university manual (for example: M. Dal Pra, Storia della filosofia, Milano, Vallardi, 1976 sgg., voll. VII-X; or: L. Geymonat, Storia del pensiero filosofico e scientifico, Milano, Garzanti, 1972 sgg., voll. II-XI). The pages to be studied, for this part, are a total of about 600.

D: W. Dilthey, La dottrina delle visioni del mondo, in Id., La dottrina delle visioni del mondo. Trattati per la filosofia della filosofia, Napoli, Guida, 1998, pp. 295-356.

- E. Husserl, La filosofia come scienza rigorosa, Roma/Bari, Laterza, 2000, pp. 1-106.

Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.