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HISTORY OF RENAISSANCE PHILOSOPHY
STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA DEL RINASCIMENTO

Castiglione's "Courtier" and Political Platonism in the Renaissance
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A.Y. Credits
2020/2021 5
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Raffaella Santi On the Blended, via skype or by phone (by appointment)
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language English
This course is taught partially in Italian and partially in a foreign language. 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

Educational Sciences (L-19)
Curriculum: EDUCATORE PROFESSIONALE SOCIO-PEDAGOGICO E CULTURALE
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Learning Objectives

General Objective: the course is aimed at providing the basic tools for  knowing and understanding themes and problems investigated by Renaissance philosophical thought, knowing how to evaluate the rich complexity and the current validity for contemporary Man. It also aims to guide the student towards an autonomous development of the ability to read, to understand, and to analyze a classic text in literature and philosophy, such as Plato's Republic (Books VII, VIII and IX) and Baldassar Castiglione's Courtier (Book IV).

 Specific objectives:

1. to know how to understand the basic vocabulary of the discipline;

2. to acquire full awareness of the historical development of philosophical thought from antiquity to the Renaissance;

3. to acquire knowledge and awareness of the contextual complexity of the different theories taken into account;

4. to understand what associates and what differentiates medieval and Rennaisance thought;

5. to know how to read and understand a Renaissance philosophical text;

6. to know how to historically contextualize the text in question;

7. know how to interpret and analyze the text in question, identifying the underlying theories and arguments used by the author to support them;

8. to know how to compare the text in question with other related texts, identifying similarities and differences in theories and topics;

9. to be able to recognize any incongruity and inconsistency in the argumentative flow and in the ideas expressed by the author;

10. to be able to reason in a transdisciplinary manner, identifying ways of applying the contents learned, even in  didactic-educational contexts, according to age groups.

11. to know how to formulate an autonomous opinion on the theories that emerged from the analysis of the text and whether they have a significance or not in today’s human world and in various educational contexts.

Program

1. A visual introduction to the themes of the course: the fresco, “The School of Athens” by Raphael (4 hours)

2. Humanism as a rediscovery of the classics (2 hours);

3. The philosophical Renaissance as the revival, reworking, and reinterpretation in the modern sense of classical texts (2 hours);

4. Philosophy for children (2 hours);

5. A royal leader (a modern exmple of philosopher-queen) and Religion and the shaping of British identity (4 hours);

6. Reading of and critical comments on Plato's Republic:

a. Plato between metaphysics and politics (4 hours);

b. The structure of the Republic (2 hours);

c. the V book (2 hours);

d. the VI book (4 hours);

e. the VII book (4 hours);

7. Reading of and critical comments Baldassar Castiglione's Courtier:

a. the man Baldassar Castiglione (2 hours);

b. the structure of the Courtier (2 hours);

c. analysis of the IV book (4 ore).

Ten hours will be taught in English.

Bridging Courses

None.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

1. Knowledge and the ability to comprehend: to have acquired the content foreseen by the program, understanding the fundamental lines and the particular aspects, even in a comparative perspective.

2. Application of knowledge and the ability to understand: know how to apply the concepts, ideas, theories and methodologies learned, even in contexts other than the original one; to be able to also extend across a transdisciplinary level.

3. Autonomy of judgments: reflecting and thinking about the various contents learned, developing a critical, autonomous, and flexible thought; being “open-minded”: open to the complexity of what is real, with an exploratory and investigative attitude; being able to question the theories of others and also one’s own.

4. Communicative skills: to demonstrate that we have acquired a mastery of the basic vocabulary of discipline and to know how to use it within a speech that is internally coherent and logically structured, according to a correct sequence of topics; the argumentative capacity must be in the use of analysis and synthesis, of inductive and deductive processes, as well as in the application of rhetorical techniques, up to the re-modulation of the subject according to the supposed interlocutor.

5. Learning skills: knowing how to use complementary resources available in addition to study texts – the materials entered by the lecturer in the Moodle platform, but also search engines on the web, bibliographic tools, etc. – to create a personal in-depth course.

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.


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Traditional lectures; however, students will be engaged as often as possible.

Attendance

It's not compulsory.

Course books

A. Primary Sources:

1. Platone, Repubblica, a cura di Giovanni Reale e Roberto Radice, Bompiani, Milano 2009 (only books V, VI and VII).

2. Baldassarre Castiglione, Il libro del Cortegiano, a cura di walter Barberis, Einaudi, Torino 2017 (only the introduction: pp. V-LXVII; and book IV: pp. 353-442).

B. Literature:

3. Giovanni Reale, Invito a Platone, La Scuola, Brescia 2016.

4. James Hankins, “Renaissance Philosophy and Book IV of Il Cortegiano”, in B. Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier. A Norton Critical Edition, a cura di Daniel Javitch, New York-London 2002, pp. 377-388 (questo studio sarà inserito nella piattaforma Blended).

Assessment

Oral exam.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Material published on the e-platform Moodle: blended.uniurb.it

Attendance

It's not compulsory.

Course books

A. Primary Sources:

1. Platone, Repubblica, a cura di Giovanni Reale e Roberto Radice, Bompiani, Milano 2009 (only books VII, VIII e IX).

2. Baldassarre Castiglione, Il libro del Cortegiano, a cura di walter Barberis, Einaudi, Torino 2017 (only the introduction: pp. V-LXVII; and book IV: pp. 353-442).

B. Literature:

3. Giovanni Reale, Invito a Platone, La Scuola, Brescia 2016.

4. James Hankins, “Renaissance Philosophy and Book IV of Il Cortegiano”, in B. Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier. A Norton Critical Edition, a cura di Daniel Javitch, New York-London 2002, pp. 377-388 (questo studio sarà inserito nella piattaforma Blended).

Assessment

Oral exam.

Notes

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

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