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HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHICAL THOUGHT mutuato
STORIA DEL PENSIERO FILOSOFICO

Augustin's “Confessions” between Christian Revelation and Platonic Metaphysics
Raccontare l’interiorità. Le “Confessioni” di Agostino, tra rivelazione cristiana e platonismo

A.Y. Credits
2017/2018 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Cristina Santinelli on Wednesday and Thursday, after the lesson (h. 11-12). On Friday making appointment. Palazzo Albani, via T. Viti 10, piano C (Professor’s office)

Assigned to the Degree Course

Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures (LM-14 / LM-15)
Curriculum: PERCORSO COMUNE
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Learning Objectives

Conceived as an advance in the studies of history of philosophical thought, the course aims to examine a classical text, the importance of which is acknowledged in philosophy, literary and artistic studies.

Program

According to an attitude of invocation of God, in his Confessions, Augustin relates his life from the beginning to his conversion, describing the events the most memorable of his ‘inner life', chiefly his ‘conversions' (to philosophy, to Platonism, to Biblical revelation and to catholic Church). Having manifested what he was, his errors (mainly about the origin of evil, the nature of God) and having examined by what method God and the happy life may be found, in books X he enlarges on the nature and power of memory. In book XI his interest in the ‘beginning' of the Holy Scripture – the first chapter of Genesis (the beginning of all things, the divine creation) – leads him to add a copious disquisition concerning time.

Bridging Courses

A basic Knowledge of philosophical language.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding
The student will be able to understand and explain the text examined, to argue rigorously and to discuss critically the topics which have been dealt in the course.

Making judgments
The student will demonstrate independent judgment in the evaluation of the philosophical problems studied and ability to produce a personal reworking of the acquired knowledge.

Learning skills
The student will be able to master the knowledge and skills acquired.

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

Supporting Activities

Seminars. Informations about seminars dates will be published on the Moodle https://blended.uniurb.it/moodle/


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Lectures. Seminars

Attendance

The course requires a regular attendance (almost 2/3 of the lectures). Alternatively, please make use of the information for not attending students.

Course books

A. Text
Agostino, Confessioni, traduzione e note a cura di R. De Monticelli, Garzanti, Milano (Libri I-XI).

B. Literature
M. Bettetini, Introduzione a Agostino, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2008.
P. Hadot, Plotino o la semplicità dello sguardo, Einaudi (PBE) 1999.

C. Recommended Literature
P. Brown, Religione e società nell'età di sant'Agostino, Einaudi, Torino 1975 (2 parti a scelta).
G. Catapano, Agostino, Carocci, Roma 2010.
R. Chiaradonna, a cura di, Filosofia tardoantica, Carocci Editore, Roma 20152.
R. Chiaradonna, Plotino, Carocci, Roma 2015r.
R. De Monticelli, L'allegria della mente. Dialogando con Agostino, Mondadori Bruno, Milano 2004.
V. Lomiento, Volvit fluctus cordis. I moti dell’animo nelle Confessioni di Agostino, Edipuglia, Bari 2009.
J.-L. Marion, Sant'Agostino. In luogo di sé, trad. di M. L. Zannini, Jaca Book, Milano 2014.
H.-I. Marrou, S. Agostino e la fine della cultura antica, Jaca Book, Milano 1994 (4 capitoli a scelta).
M. Parodi, Il paradigma filosofico agostiniano, Lubrina Editore, Bergamo 2016.
A. Pieretti, ed., Memoria e senso della vita a partire da Agostino, Città Nuova, Roma 2013 (i primi tre saggi).
J.M. Rist, Plotino, La via verso la realtà, tr. it. di Paola Graffigna, Il melangolo, Genova 1995.

Assessment

Oral exam on the material specified at the voice Course books (A, B).

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

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.

Attendance

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 of Course books, the non attending student will add a text chosen amongs:
Plotino, La bellezza, a cura di B. S. Zorzi, Garzanti, Milano 2014.
Plotino, Sulla felicità, a cura di M. Bonazzi, Einaudi (PBE), Milano 2016.

Assessment

Oral examination on the text of Agostino and on the chosen Literature.

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