Political philosophy I [Sede VR] (2019/2020)

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Olivia Guaraldo
Olivia Guaraldo
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Sem 2B dal Apr 6, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Objectives of the course are: a) the ability to analyze and discuss in depth and critically texts of political philosophy through a broad comparison with international literature; b) the ability to address questions of political theory with the awareness of the historical dimension of their development and their relations with other areas of human knowledge and action; c) the ability to elaborate in writing and to present and defend in a public discussion one's own analysis of a text or of a political philosophy problem, conducted with an appropriate research methodology and developed with argumentative rigor and effectiveness.


Theories of partisan agency: from Carl Schmitt to Luigi Meneghello
Recently historians have identified in a democracy from below, understood as lived experience and not only as planned form of political organization, the original feature of Italian partisan self-government during Second World War (1943-45), and in the partisan ‘banda’ an unheard of form of consituent power. A power intended to institute a new constitutional order in the political vacuum that followed 8th September 1943. Democracy, freedom, participation and autonomy are some of the aspects that characterize this experience and that will shape the Constitution of the Italian Republic (Filippetta, 2018, 125). The course aims at reflecting upon this constituent experience of freedom through the analysis of some attempts, philosophical and literary, of theorizing partisan agency in Europe.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Pietro Chiodi Banditi Einaudi 2015
Luigi Meneghello I piccoli maestri Bur, Milano 2009
Valerio Romitelli La felicità dei partigiani e la nostra. Organizzarsi in bande Cronopio, Napoli 2015
Dal Pra, Mario “Sul trascendentalismo della prassi”, in M. Dal Pra - A. Vasa, Il trascendentalismo della prassi, la filosofia della resistenza, a cura di M. G. Sandrini, Milano-Udine, Mimesis, 2017, pp. 273-281. 2017
H. Arendt Ta passato e futuro Garzanti, Milano 1999 Solo i seguenti saggi contenuti nel volume: Premessa. La lacuna tra passato e futuro, pp. 25-39 Che cos'è la libertà, pp. 143-169.
Carl Schmitt Teoria del partigiano. Integrazione al concetto del politico Adelphi 2005

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam. Every student is asked to prepare in depth a specific topic among those analyzed during the lectures. This will constitute the starting point of the examination, around which the discussion on the whole program can develop.
For attending students there will be the possibility to prepare oral presentations to give in class on agreed upon topics that can be arranged at the beginning of the course. Such presentations will be evaluated and will constitute a 30% of the overall evaluation during the oral exam