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HISTORY OF RENAISSANCE PHILOSOPHY
STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA DEL RINASCIMENTO

Philosophy and politics in Late Renaissance England
Filosofia e politica nel tardo Rinascimento inglese

A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 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
Date Time Classroom / Location
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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 Late 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 two philosophical and political texts, such as Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan and John Milton's The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates.

 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

At the sunset of the English renaissance, in a context carachterized by a civil was involving political as well as religious aspects, two opposite political theories emerge: the theory of the philosopher Thomas Hobbes and the theory of the writer John Milton. The course aims to reconstruct those theories and to analyze their similarities and differences.

Course schedule:

1. A visual introduction to the themes of the course (two hours)

2. Humanism as a rediscovery of the classics and the libraries in the Renaissance (two hours);

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

4. Renaissance philosophy and Philosophy for children (four hours);

5. A royal leader. Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II (as examples of philosopher-queens) (four hours);

6. Religion and the shaping of British identity (four hours);

7. Reading of and critical comments on Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan (Part II):

a. Thomas Hobbes the man: life and works (two hours);

b. Leviathan: the Introduction and the fisrt Part (two hours);

c. Leviathan, chapters XVII-XXIII (four hours);

d. Leviathan: chapters XXIV-XXXI (four hours);

8. Reading of and critical comments on John Milton's The Tenure of Kigs and Magistrates:

a. John Milton the man: life and wors (two hours);

b. the first Part of The Tenure (four hours);

c. the second Part of The Tenure (four hours);

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

1. Thomas Hobbes, Leviatano, a cura di Arrigo Pacchi, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2021 (o edizioni precedenti), capitoli XVII-XXXI: pp.139-299;

2. John Milton, Uccidere il tiranno [The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates], traduzione di Gianni Rigamonti, Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano 2011;

3. Francesca Pirola, Tirannicidio e resistenza in John Milton e Thomas Hobbes, Edizioni ETS, Pisa 2019.

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

1. Thomas Hobbes, Leviatano, a cura di Arrigo Pacchi, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2021 (o edizioni precedenti), capitoli XVII-XXXI: pp.139-299;

2. John Milton, Uccidere il tiranno [The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates], traduzione di Gianni Rigamonti, Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano 2011;

3. Francesca Pirola, Tirannicidio e resistenza in John Milton e Thomas Hobbes, Edizioni ETS, Pisa 2019.

Assessment

Oral exam.

Notes

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

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