Philosophy and deontology of communication - FILOSOFIA DELLA COMUNICAZIONE (I) I MODULO (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Tommaso Tuppini
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Sem. 2A dal Feb 18, 2019 al Mar 30, 2019.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at following a close examination of some themes and fundamental problems of communication practices. It develops a critical reflection on the paradigms that dominate the average understanding of communication, especially the information model. The course will make
students aware about main theoretical questions of communication. The character of the course is monographic and will focus on a theme relevant to communication theory.



"By slow degrees the mind becomes convinced of the supreme reality of these images. At first limiting itself to submitting to them, it soon realizes that they flatter its reason, and increase its knowledge accordingly. The mind becomes aware of the limitless expanses wherein its desires are made manifest, where the pros and cons are constantly consumed, where its obscurity does not betray it. It goes forward, borne by these images which enrapture it, which scarcely leave it any time to blow upon the fire in its fingers. This is the most beautiful night of all, the lightning-filled night: day, compared to it, is night." They are words by André Breton, the father of Surrealism, celebrating the creative power and the new language of dreams which first discovered Sigmund Freud. Dream is the language of desire. Desire is not following the criteria of logic and linearity, but it works as theater of images that reveals the dreamer everything which in his desire overcomes awareness. The dream, according to Freud, is the "royal road to the unconscious", to the clear night of desire that can become a new reason for knowledge and meaning to our existence.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Sigmund Freud L'interpretazione dei sogni Bollati-Boringhieri  
Sigmund Freud Tre saggi sulla teoria sessuale Bollati-Boringhieri  

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam. The assessment of the learning outcomes includes a written test consisting of a questionnaire with open answers. The questions will be three and will concern the texts indicated in the bibliography. To answer the questions candidates will have 1h and 30m. Evaluation criteria: property of language, comprehension of texts and ability to autonomously process the knowledge acquired from texts.