Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: ALBERTO GIOVANNI BIUSO

Expected Learning Outcomes

To introduce Theoretical Philosophy as a universal phenomenological ontology, concerning the fundamental issues of metaphysics.

Course Structure

Frontal lessons, which will focus on reading and analyzing texts.

Attendance of Lessons

Attendance is not compulsory.

Detailed Course Content


The course will analyze two examples of philosophical texts aimed at both the praxis and theoretical dimensions of existence: one relating to ancient thought (Epicurus), the other to modern thought (Spinoza). On this textual and theoretical foundation, some fundamental moments in the history of European philosophy will be retraced, with the aim of showing the elements of continuity in metaphysics, albeit declined in different historical and cultural contexts.

Textbook Information

-Epicuro, Lettere sulla felicità, sul cielo e sulla fisica, Rizzoli, pp. 200

-Spinoza, Etica, part I and part V; recommended edition «Tutte le opere», Bompiani 2011, Part I on pp. 1141-1219; Part V on pp. 1552-1607

-Alberto G. Biuso, Chronos. Scritti di storia della filosofia, Mimesis 2023, pp. 416


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