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Psychology as
La psicologia come “scienza”: da Hobbes a James

A.Y. Credits
2015/2016 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Raffaella Santi I Semester: Wednesday 12.00-13.00 (Albani) and Friday 11.00-12.00 (Volponi). II Semester: Tuesday 12.00-13.00 (Albani). Summer months: only by appoitment.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

Institutional course: to know, to understand and to be able to analyze the concepts and theories of the History of philosophy of science, also in comparative and inerdisciplinary perspectives; Specialized course: to acquire a full awareness of Psychology as a "science" in the history of thought of the anglophone areas; to know, to undnerstand and to critically compare divers conceptions and scientific methodologies in the field of Pshychology.


Please note that this course is taught in Italian. It is divided into two: an institutional course, during which will be analyzed the main theoretic approches in the History of philosophy of science (from antiquity to Positivism); and a specialized course, during which the subjects of inquiry will be the history of psychology in the aglosaxon world's thought, and its gradual acquiring of an authonomous status from philosophy: beginning from the system conceived by the Seventeenth century philosopher Thomas Hobbes, who for the first time includes psychology within a treatise willingly structured through a scientific method, in The Elements of Law, Natural and Politic (1640) and in Leviathan (1651); arriving at the Nineteenth century debate with The Principles of Psychology (1890) by William James, passing through the System of Logic (1843) by John Stuart Mill (pshychology is included in the sixth book) and the theory of Herbert Spencer, who presents the evolutionist hypothesis - later embraced bt Charles Darwin - in his own Priciples of Psychology (1855).

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

With regard to the History of philosophy of science, students must show: that they know the contents of the discipine at a specialized lever, that they understand its advanced concepts and that they know how to use its patterns of knowledge and concepts, in order to reason in an authonomous manner on the problems inherent to the discipline itself.

Teaching Material

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

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Course books

Books: 1. David Oldroyd, Storia della filosofia della scienza, Net, Milano 2002, solo i capitoli I-V (pp. 9-273). 2. Thomas Hobbes, Leviatano, a cura di Arrigo Pacchi, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2011 (o edizioni precedenti), solo la Parte Prima (capitoli I-XVI). Audiovisual material: 1. La teoria del tutto, regia di James Marsh, Universal Pictures 2014 (mm. 118). 2. Galileo Galilei. Tra scienza ed eresia, Cinehollywood, 2012 (mm. 110).


Oral exam. For the esam, international students are free to choose their preferred language: Italian, English or French.

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