Political philosophy SC (p) (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Lorenzo Bernini
Lorenzo Bernini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IB dal Nov 14, 2016 al Jan 21, 2017.

Lesson timetable

Sem. IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.2  
Monday 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall SPA from Dec 12, 2016  to Dec 19, 2016
Tuesday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.2  
Wednesday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.2 from Dec 21, 2016  to Dec 21, 2016
Wednesday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall SMT.02  

Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing examples of the contribution that philosophy can give:
- to the comprehension of political problems of actuality, when understood as critical thinking,
- to public communication, when understood as rational reasoning.
At the end of the course, students will have to prove that they:
- accurately know the subjects of the program,
- are able to expose them in a consequential and concise way,
- have acquired independent judgement.


Course title: Black Venus, Caliban and other racist masks

Course content: Firstly we will discuss the status of Political Philosophy and we will investigate the origin of some key-concepts (individual, individual rights, representation, State sovereignty) of modern political philosophy in the social contract theory. Secondly, through Franz Fanon, we will analyse how the point of view of racialized subjects allows a radical critique of modern political thought, and we will propose to ‘overtake’ Fanon by the intersection of race, class, gender and sexual orientation.

Throughout the course, the following films and videos will be screened and commented:
- Prospero’s Books, Peter Greenaway, 1991;
- Vénus noire, Abdellatif Kechiche, 2010;
- Formation, Melina Matsoukas, 2016.

Methods: Lectures based on reading and interpretation of the texts, films’ projections, discussions.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Gaia Giuliani Il colore della nazione Le Monnier 2015 Soltanto i saggi: Gianmaria Colpani, Omonazionalismo nel bel paese, pp. 186-199; Annalisa Frisina e Camilla Hawthorne, Sulle pratiche estetiche antirazziste delle figlie delle migrazioni, pp. 200-214
Lorenzo Bernini Le pecore e il pastore: Critica, politica, etica nel pensiero di Michel Foucault Liguori 2008 Lettura facoltativa
Stefano Petrucciani Modelli di filosofia politica Einaudi 2003 Soltanto i seguenti capitoli: cap. 1 Territori e domande della filosofia politica: pp. 5-30; cap. IV Il paradigma del contratto: pp. 77-88 e 91-113; cap. VI Concetti della teoria politica: pp. 167-203
Frantz Fanon Pelle nera, maschere bianche Edizioni ETS 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

For both attending and non-attending students: written examination (five questions in two hours).
The evaluation will be based on:
- pertinence of the answers,
- consequentiality of the arguments,
- ability to think in a personal and independent way.