Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 5
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Antonio De Simone

Assigned to the Degree Course

Education Sciences (L-19)
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Learning Objectives

The Philosophy of Culture Course aims to outline and analytically and critically thematize in its First Part the relationship between Philosophy, Tragedy and Destiny in the dialectic of the human through the Greeks, Hegel, Simmel and us. In his second part he analytically and critically addresses the relationship between Bildung, Europe and the West in the philosophical and political thought of Hegel, Simmel, Adorno, Gadamer and Habermas. Finally, in its third part, it proposes a detailed cultural reconstruction of the relationship between styles and forms of art in Georg Simmel's aesthetics. ). The educational objective is to provide students with the fundamental and critical concepts, methods and orientations essential for their cultural, philosophical and pedagogical training through constant reference to reading and dialogue between classic, modern and contemporary.


Philosophy, tragedy, destiny: dialectic of the human.

- Philosophical stage I. The Greeks, the moderns, Hegel, Simmel and us.

-Philosophical stage II. Hegelian dramaturgy: dialectics on stage.

-Philosophical stage III. Simmelian dramaturgy: the theater of the soul.

-Bildung, Europe and the West.

-Culture, philosophy and politics between Hegel, Simmel, Adorno, Gadamer and Habermas.

-Georg Simmel and the aesthetic paradigm.

-Culture, philosophy, art and experience of the lived.

-Styles and forms of art in Simmel's aesthetics.

-Portraits of the modern self between philosophy of art, culture and aesthetics.

Bridging Courses


Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

·  Knowledge and understanding:

·  - knowledge of the fundamental themes of the Philosophy of culture exposed in class and deepened in the textbooks and understanding of its fundamental concepts in their

 cultural, philosophical, aesthetic and political repercussions (see Training objectives);

·  Knowledge of the philosophical forms and of the metamorphoses and cultural, historical, socio-political and aesthetic dynamics exposed in class and deepened in the textbooks and understanding of the processes that have configured them.


·  - understanding of the constituent elements of the relationship between culture, philosophy politics and aesthetic between classical, modern and contemporary in relation to the subject area and the program carried out.

·  Applied knowledge and understanding:

·  - ability to orientate oneself in the modern and contemporary cultural, philosophical, political sociological and  debate and to understand the elements that today structurally consolidate the knowledge of the problems of the Philosophy of culture also in the training and educational field.

·  Making judgments:

·  - ability to take an autonomous position with respect to the main cultural, philosophical, historical-political, aesthetic and educational issues of the contemporary critical debate on the on the thinking of the authors considered during the course and in the exam texts.

·  Communication skills:

·  - ability to adequately communicate what has been learned in the forms of university-level study; ability to transmit and communicate the fundamental aspects and principles of the Philosophy of culture declined in its disciplinary relationship in basic educational work.      

·  Ability to learn

·  - based on the knowledge acquired through the course, the student must be able to independently build in-depth courses and understand which readings and experiences can help him in this regard.

With regards to the discipline, the student has to show the possession of:

  • the mastery of basic knowledge;
  • the understanding of the fundamentals of the discipline;
  • the capacity of using skills and concepts according to the logic of the discipline.

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, to enrich the training offer, interdisciplinary integrative seminars will be held by the professor Antonio De Simone and by the experts of the subject dott. Luciano Massi and PhD.  Alessandra Peluso; the modalities and possibilities of realization of which will be scheduled and communicated, is also planned during the course.

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal lessons, tutorials and scientific-educational seminars integrating in-depth study.


Class attendance is not mandatory but strongly recommended.

Course books

. ANTONIO DE SIMONE, Sul far del crepuscolo. Il destino della filosofia dalla tragedia alla dialettica, Mimesis, Milano 2021.

 . ANTONIO DE SIMONE, Bildung, Europa e Occidente. Cultura, filosofia e politica tra Hegel e Habermas, Morlacchi, Perugia 2021²

. ANTONIO DE SIMONE, Amor vitae. Stili e forme dell’arte nell’estetica di Georg Simmel, Mimesis, Milano 2021.


Oral exam.

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.

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