History of Philosophy and Scientific Thought (2017/2018)

Course code
4S006109
Name of lecturer
Paola Giacomoni
Coordinator
Paola Giacomoni
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
M-FIL/06 - HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
I semestre - sede Trento dal Sep 18, 2017 al Dec 22, 2017.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Analysis of a philosophical subject, reconstruction of its history and theoretical definition.

Syllabus

Prerequisites: General knowledge in History of Philosophy

Contents:
Thinking anger between philosophy, science and literature

Anger, in its different meanings, plays an important role in contemporary life. The course aims to analyze its origin and developments in order to understand its expressions in our culture. The most important historical interpretations of anger will be presented, read and discussed. Some iconographic representations of it will also be taken into account. The main question will be the following: is anger a reactive form of energy which contributes to strengthen human freedom, or is it its destructive deformation? Lessons in the first part of the course, contributes by the students in the second one.

Teaching Methods: Reading, interpreting, discussing texts on the subject.

Texts:
Platone, La Repubblica, a cura di M. Vegetti, Bur, Milano, 2006, libro IV, 435a-445e (pp.589-629)
Aristotele, Retorica, in Id. Opere, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1983, Libro II, 1377b-1380b 34, pp. 67-76. (materiale disponibile sul sito moodle della didattica online)
Seneca, L'ira, BUR, Milano, 2010 (parte I e II)
R. Descartes, Le passioni dell'anima, Bompiani, Milano, 2003, (pp.113-199; 413-421)
C. Le Brun, Le figure delle passioni, Conferenze sull'espressione e la fisionomia, Cortina, Milano, 1992
T. Hobbes, Elementi della legge naturale e politica, La nuova Italia, Firenze, 1989, pp. 58-76 (materiale online)
J.-J. Rousseau, Scritti politici, vol.I, Discorso sull'origine dell'ineguaglianza, Laterza, Bari, pp. 173-185 (materiale online)
C. Darwin, L'espressione delle emozioni, Bollati Boringhieri,Torino, 1982, pp. IX-XXXV, pp. 117-137, 139-157, 311-324. (materiale online)

Mandatory readings:

M. Vegetti, Passioni antiche. L'io collerico, in S. Vegetti Finzi, Storia delle passioni, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1995, pp. 39-73 (online)
M. Vegetti, Il caso dell' "Iliade": dialettica della morale pre-politica, in Id., L'etica degli antichi, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1989, pp. 13-35 (online)
P. Giacomoni, Ardore. Quattro prospettive sull'ira da Achille agli Indignados, Carocci, Roma, 2014

Supporting texts: (choose one)

P. Campeggiani, Le ragioni dell'ira. Potere e riconoscimento nella Grecia antica, Carocci, Roma, 2013.
M. Nussbaum, Anger and Forgiveness, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016, pp. 1-90.
P. Sloterdijk, Ira e tempo, Meltemi, Roma, 2007.
F. Fukuyama, La fine della storia e l'ultimo uomo, Rizzoli, Milano, 2011.
B. Carnevali, Romanticismo e riconoscimento, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2004.
P. Mishra, Age of Anger. A History of the Present, Allen Lane, Penguin Books, London, 2017.
E. Zenger, Un Dio di vendetta?, Ancora, Trento, 2005.
B. Rosenwein, Anger's Past: the social Uses of an Emotion in the Middle Ages, 1998.

More bibliographical information during the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

1.Oral exam
2.Oral and written papers

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2017/2018