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HYSTORY OF MODERN PHYLOSOPHY
STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA MODERNA

Giordano Bruno's Spaccio de la bestia trionfante
Giordano Bruno: Spaccio de la bestia trionfante

A.Y. Credits
2020/2021 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Fabio Frosini teacher's office (Palazzo Albani, C floor), Thursday 11-13
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English Spanish French
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

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Learning Objectives

The course aims at providing the necessary skills in order to grasp a modern philosophical text. To this purpose, the course provides students with the necessary tools in order to:

- elaborate an appropriate historical-social contextualization of a modern philosophical text;

- identify the prior philosophical streams setting up the framework of a given philosophical work and be confident with the text’s features that make them identifiable (by focusing in particular on the traits of lexical permanence, on the recursion of argumentative methods, on shared philosophical objectives).

- pick out the original features that characterize a single work of modern philosophy within its philosophical tradition;

- be able to grasp the stratified character of a philosophical text and to subsequently, possibly identify its weaknesses;

- identify the weak points of a philosophical text also concerning logical fallacies (e.g. incoherence between assumptions and consequences; begging the question; semantic vagueness);

- identify the possible weaknesses of a philosophical work that are due to the simultaneous presence of divergent and incoherent philosophical traditions within the text (that may also stand beyond the explicit author’s purposes).

Program

The course aims to introduce the reading of G. Bruno's Spaccio de la bestia trionfante.

At the heart of the work is the link between magic, religion and philosophy, the relationship between ethics and ontology and an overall proposal for ethical-political reform of Europe. In the reading of the text, we will focus in particular on the role of magic in Bruno's ethical-political reform proposal, on his critique of Christianity and on the "civil" function of civil religion.

Giordano Bruno was burned alive, as a heretic, on February 17, 1600, in the Roman Campo de' Fiori. This circumstance highlights not only the polemical power of his writings, but also the situation of violent rejection of the proposals contained in them.

Arguments:

1. Life and personality of Giordano Bruno

1.1. The Neapolitan period

1.2. The wandering life

1.3. Process and death

2. The "silenic" structure of truth: dissimulation and fiction

2.1. Shadows and meanings

2.2. From the "upside world" of metaphysics to the "antique true philosophy".

2.3. The "Silenus", reality and truth

3. Spaccio de la bestia trionfante: analysis of the text.

4. Some hints to the Cabala del cavallo pegaseo.

5. Conclusion: truth, fiction and religion

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding

- Acknowledgment of the importance of the political-social context for the elaboration of philosophical theories of the contemporary age;

- Ability to detect the peculiar features among alternative forms of philosophical argumentation within a shared philosophical, political and cultural tradition.    

 

 Applying knowledge and understanding

- The student will be able to master the essential theoretical and lexical tools in order to gain the ability to autonomously read and interpret a philosophical work of the contemporary age;

- The student will be able to appreciate the important role of a correct socio-historical contextualisation for an adequate understanding of the texts of the contemporary age.      

 

 Making judgements

- The student will develop an appropriate critical ability in order to identify the eventual discrepancies between single philosophical texts and their philosophical tradition;

- The student will develop an autonomous capacity in order to properly evaluate the contradictions and the weak reasoning of a philosophical argumentation.   

 

 Communication skills

- The student will be provided with the necessary skills in order to present to an audience, even not a specialized one, the core issues of a contemporary philosophical text, by focusing in particular on the historical context, on the lexical and argumentative peculiarities within a given philosophical tradition, on the contradictions, weakness and shortcomings from a logical-argumentative point of view.

 Learning skills

- At the end of the course the student will be provided with the necessary tools for an autonomous study of a philosophical text of the contemporary age;

- The student will understand the meaning and importance of the philosophical lexicon, and of extra-philosophical materials, that are essential in order to gain a deep insight of the political-cultural context of a text. This knowledge will allow the student to autonomously approach to the appropriate bibliographical researches.

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

During the course, Dr. Giorgio Grimaldi will hold a seminar on Bruno's "De umbris idearum".


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Lectures and seminar.

Course books

M. Mori, Storia della filosofia moderna, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2007, chap. 1-4.

G. Bruno, Spaccio de la bestia trionfante e Cabala del cavallo pegaseo, in G. Bruno, Opere italiane, edizione critica a cura di G. Aquilecchia, coord. gener. di N. Ordine, Torino, Utet, 2002 (or i nthe following editions: Spaccio de la bestia trionfante, a cura di M. Ciliberto, Milano, Rizzoli, 2010; Cabala del cavallo pegaseo, a cura di F. Meroi, Milano, Rizzoli, 2008).

A book among the following:

F. Papi, La costruzione delle verità: Giordano Bruno nel periodo londinese, Udine, Mimesis, 2010; F. Papi, Antropologia e civiltà nel pensiero di Giordano Bruno, Napoli, Liguori, 2006; A. Ingegno, La sommersa nave della religione. Saggio sulla polemica anticristana del Bruno, Napoli, Bibliopolis, 1985.

Further study materials will be made available on the Moodle platform ' blended.uniurb.it

Assessment

The examination consists of an oral exam. Students are required to read and comment on single passages of the two texts. Students are expected to be able to grasp the main theoretical features of the examined passages and to be able to contextualize them within the text, eventually with reference to the secondary literature.

Particular attention is given to oral exposure’s capacity through the proper terminology.

Students are expected to be able to develop a critical approach to the theories they studied. In the evaluation, particular attention will be given to the student’s ability to autonomously reformulate the materials they dealt with and to their ability to make comparisons between the authors they studied.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Not attending students will have to study the texts listed under "Course books". To replace the lesson hours (36), not attending students will study another book of critical literature, in addition to what is established for the attending students. In addition, they will have to write a short text (between 10,000 and 20,000 characters) based on the study of Mori's book, Storia della filosofia moderna, on one of the following topics:

    1) The new Platonism of the fifteenth century: Cusano, Ficino, Pico della Mirandola.

    2) The new metaphysics of Telesio, Bruno and Campanella

    3) Political thought: Machiavelli, Campanella, Bodin

    4) Astronomy, Metaphysics, Theology: Kepler, Copernicus, Cusano, Bruno

    5) Nature and mathematics: Galileo Gailei

    6) Francis Bacon and the project of a scientific encyclopedia.

The text should be sent to the teacher well in advance of the exam date.

Attendance

Not attending students are required to contact the teacher well in advance of the exam date.

Course books

M. Mori, Storia della filosofia moderna, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2007, chap. 1-4.

G. Bruno, Spaccio de la bestia trionfante e Cabala del cavallo pegaseo, in G. Bruno, Opere italiane, edizione critica a cura di G. Aquilecchia, coord. gener. di N. Ordine, Torino, Utet, 2002 (or i nthe following editions: Spaccio de la bestia trionfante, a cura di M. Ciliberto, Milano, Rizzoli, 2010; Cabala del cavallo pegaseo, a cura di F. Meroi, Milano, Rizzoli, 2008).

Two books among the following:

F. Papi, La costruzione delle verità: Giordano Bruno nel periodo londinese, Udine, Mimesis, 2010; F. Papi, Antropologia e civiltà nel pensiero di Giordano Bruno, Napoli, Liguori, 2006; A. Ingegno, La sommersa nave della religione. Saggio sulla polemica anticristana del Bruno, Napoli, Bibliopolis, 1985.

Assessment

Oral examination (70% of the vote), and a written paper (30% of the vote).

The examination consists of an oral exam. Students are required to read and comment on single passages of the two texts. Students are expected to be able to grasp the main theoretical features of the examined passages and to be able to contextualize them within the text, eventually with reference to the secondary literature.

Particular attention is given to oral exposure’s capacity through the proper terminology.

Students are expected to be able to develop a critical approach to the theories they studied. In the evaluation, particular attention will be given to the student’s ability to autonomously reformulate the materials they dealt with and to their ability to make comparisons between the authors they studied.

Notes

At the student's request, the course bibliography can also be provided - and the exam taken - in English, Spanish, French and German.

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