History of ancient philosophy

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-FIL/07
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to offer a clear summary of knowledge of the history of ancient philosophy, combined with the ability to analyze and interpret the most significant texts of the main authors referenced in the course. It also aims to familiarize the student with the historical perspective and distance from modernity of antiquity, as well as the problems associated with such (with particular reference to the use of historiographical knowledge for the purposes of contemporary philosophical research). Finally, the course aims to provide lexical and conceptual tools suitable for historical-philosophical communication, with particular reference to ancient, scientific and popular thought.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: Acquisition of the fundamental lines of the history of ancient philosophy.
The acquisition of a familiarity with the contents, the basic lexicon and the methods of ancient philosophy, with particular reference to Plato.
Skills: Ability to apply the knowledge learned in historically framing the authors and texts of ancient philosophy.
Ability to apply knowledge learned about the ancient philosophical lexicon in the analysis, interpretation and discussion of Plato's "socratic"dialogues.
Students opting not to attend the lessons will be able to make use of the educational tools provided by the instructor on Ariel, deepen their knowledge of main topics through special readings with the agreement with the instructor, and of course contact the instructor either by e-mail and during office hours
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
The course will take place according to two different modalities: synchronous lessons (live via Microsoft Teams) and asynchronous lessons (recorded in audio mode). Possible meetings in attendance will take place according to University's instructions.
Course syllabus
The course has the following objectives: knowledge of the fundamental positions of the main authors and schools of ancient philosophy, through the reading of a selection of texts, different for period and style; understanding of the fundamental philosophical lexicon of the discipline; ability to critically and autonomously apply the knowledge to fundamental philosophical texts.
The course is structured in two parts. In the first part, starting from the texts of the most relevant authors, a general picture of the history of ancient philosophy will be given. The second part is intended to strengthen the skills acquired in the first part, through the reading of a fundamental text of the discipline, such as Plato's "Phaedo". The texts will be read in Italian translation.
Knowledge of the general lines of the history of ancient philosophy will also be acquired through the study of a manual, urging the student to apply the method and knowledge acquired to the authors and to the problems presented in the scheduled text.
Prerequisites for admission
No specific requirements other than those required for access to the course of studies.
Teaching methods
Synchronous and asynchronous frontal lessons; audio-commented slides; in-presence Q&A meetings.
Teaching Resources
Attending students:

Programme for 6 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (20)
F. Trabattoni, Storia della filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
F. Trabattoni, La filosofia di Platone. Verità e ragione umana, Carocci, edizione 2020

Programme for 9 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (30)
F. Trabattoni, Storia della filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
F. Trabattoni, Platone. Verità e ragione umana, Carocci, edizione 2020
Plato, Phaedo (ed. Einaudi)

Non-attending students:

Programme for 6 cfu:
F. Trabattoni, Storia della filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
F. Trabattoni, Platone. Verità e ragione umana, Carocci, edizione 2020


Programme for 9 cfu:

F. Trabattoni, Storia della filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci
F. Trabattoni, Platone. Verità e ragione umana, Carocci, edizione 2020
Plato, Phaedo (ed. Einaudi)

International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination will take place entirely in oral mode. It will cover both the history of ancient philosophy and the themes and texts discussed in class.
During the oral exam will be evaluated:
- the level of knowledge of the theory (exposition);
- the ability to exemplify concepts (understanding);
- autonomy of judgment in collecting and interpreting the elements useful for solving problems related to the topics of the course (development);
- communication skills in terms of language adequacy in expressing the acquired skills and related problems.
Unità didattica B
M-FIL/07 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica A
M-FIL/07 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-FIL/07 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Educational website(s)
Professor(s)
Reception:
Tuesday 10.30-13.30
Office D29, Department of Historical Studies