HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY
STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA
Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy
Le “Meditazioni sulla filosofia prima” di René Descartes
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|Cristina Santinelli||on Wednesday and Thursday, after the lesson (h. 11-12)|
Assigned to the Degree Course
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The course is intended to lead the student in the lecture of a philosophical classic.
Particular attention will be reserved to the acquisition of the specific terminology and to the analysis of fondamental problems and concepts of modern age's thought.
The Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy represent a fundamental text in the history of modern philosophical thought. A great debate was born, just the year of their first edition, when several Objections appeared followed by Descartes' Answers. Inspired by the geometric method, but even by spirituals exercises, the Meditations are a very singular text which leads us through the problems and the great questions of modern thought's birth.
Two lectures, as parts of the course, will be held by prof. A. Biondi (chosen pages from Diogenes Laertius's Vitae) and prof. A. Petagine (Augustine, Contra Academicos). The content and the texts of the lectures will be communicated at the beginning of the course.
Prerequisited are not required
Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)
Knowledge and understanding
The student will be able to understand and explain the philosophical text examined, to master the philosophical terminology, and to discuss critically the topics which have been dealt in the course.
The student will demonstrate independent judgment in the evaluation of the philosophical theories studied and ability to rework personal knowledge.
The student will be able to acquire new knowledge and skills, in order to access to additional training levels.
The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it
Integrative lessons on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, by prof. Antonio Petagine and prof. Graziano Biondi.
Seminars in collaboration with the permanent Seminar "Spinoza e il pensiero filosofico moderno"
Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment
The course requires a regular attendance (at least 2/3 of the lectures). Alternatively, please make use of the information for not attending students.
- Course books
R. Descartes, Meditazioni metafisiche, S. Landucci, ed., Laterza, Bari 2006.
Selected pages from Diogenes Laertius, Vitae and Agostino, Contra Academicos, which will be proposed (as a parte of the program) during the supplemental lessons of prof. G. Biondi and A. Petagine.
G. Mori, Cartesio, Carocci editore, Roma 2010.
C. History of Philosophy
J. Hersch, Storia della filosofia come stupore, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2002.
Oral exam on all the material at point (A), (B) and (C).
Additional Information for Non-Attending Students
Not attending students can contact the teacher in the office hours to ask for explanations about the program and the content of the tests for the exam.
Please contact the teacher at least two months in advance of the scheduled date of the exam.
- Course books
To the material reported at points A, B, C the non attending student will add:
E. Scribano, Guida alla lettura delle "Meditazioni metafisiche" di Descartes, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2006
F. Alquié, Lezioni su Descartes. Scienza e metafisica in Descartes, T. Cavallo ed., Edizioni ETS, Pisa 2006
Oral exam on the texts of the program.
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