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Teacher Roberto Brigati. Credits Teaching Mode Traditional lectures. Language Italian. Online Lessons. Insegnamenti online - IOL. Course Timetable from Feb 04, to May 22, Philosophical anthropology is typically meant as the reflective study of what it means to be human, i.
Being a philosophical activity, this study includes, of course, the critique of theories about human nature, as well as the very notion of there being a human nature at all. As a discipline, philosophical anthropology is not to be confused with the particular historical school, self-styled "philosophical anthropology", which was developed in German philosophy from the s to s by thinkers like Plessner, Gehlen, etc.
In this course, anthropology will be approached from a philosophical point of view and with philosophical methods. However, in order to help non-philosophy students to attend and profit from the course, I will try and avoid technicalities as far as possible, or I will explain them as we go along.
Anthropology students are encouraged to ask for clarifications preferably, at the end of each class. I may ask philosophy students to answer the questions. A more detailed schedule of the contents of each class will be available on the course e-learning site in iol.
English-speaking or other visiting students are free to refer to the English editions of these readings, if available at all. Mandatory readings :. La sua natura e il suo posto nel mondo , a cura di Vallori Rasini, Milano: Mimesis, German-speaking students may use the original text.
An English transl. Students who are not familiar with philosophical concepts and language may refer to a number of introductory and reference texts, e. Since lessons will be entirely in Italian, exchange students may want to familiarize themselves with Italian philosophical usage, by referring to some standard philosophical dictionaries such as Nicola Abbagnano, Dizionario di Filosofia , revised by G.
A good handbook of the history of philosophy is also recommended, such as in Italian Luca Guidetti, Giovanni Matteucci, Le grammatiche del pensiero. Corso di filosofia , 3 vols. Exchange students may refer to handbooks in their own language. Skafish, University of Minnesota Press, ;. Brigati e V. Gamberi, Introduzione di R. Brigati, Macerata: Quodlibet, January I: Oltre la grande partizione. Antropologia, visioni del mondo e ontologie indigene , Milano: Mimesis, The course will mainly consist of frontal lessons and teacher-led discussions.
Some simple exercises might be proposed. Student-led discussions and online activity are encouraged. If the number of students is reasonable, approximately one quarter of each lesson can be dedicated to questions and discussion.
However, should the questions be too many, we will have to use the online forum for this. Please note that you will be requested to read at least some of the mandatory readings during the course, both in order to foster comprehension and to be able to do the assigned exercises. I recommend to download the Reading materials from campus. Lessons are scheduled to start February 4th, There will be 30 two-hours classes. A more detailed schedule of lessons and day-to-day readings will be provided in the Guida al corso , to be published on the iol.
Please note that, in line with established Italian academic custom, each class will begin 15 minutes after the indicated time this is to favour students who may come from classes held in different buildings. Punctuality is appreciated, and normally students are requested not to leave the room until the class is through with.
I may invite some guest teachers during the course, and, if there are events organized at the Department that in my judgment might be of interest, I will inform you and invite you to participate optionally, of course. I will be grateful to Erasmus and other exchange students who intend to attend the course if they get in touch with me before the beginning of classes. In the last class, I will ask for students who volunteer for presenting their paper, however unpolished, to the class.
This is optional, but it's a useful exercise, to test your argument and get feedback from your colleagues. Presentations will be in Italian, but if your command of the language is good enough, I encourage exchange students to try.
Everyone will appreciate your effort. Attending students will be evaluated on the basis of a final paper , in Italian, to words.
I will make allowance for the linguistic difficulty faced by non-Italian speakers, and, if necessary, I will accept papers in English. I will provide a short manual of style specifying the main lines of the Italian system of citation, footnotes, essay structure. I will also provide a list of topics, which you may variously combine, provided the paper maintains a clear unity. Alternatively, students may take a viva voce examination in Italian , which is also an additional option for students who fail the written paper.
At the exam, you will be asked to present a topic of your choice, among the many offered by the course. Be ready to speak around 15 minutes. You may use notes, have the readings at hand, and any resource you may need. The presentation of the chosen topic will span about two thirds of the exam.
I might then add a few questions about other topics within the readings or lessons. Students' contribute to discussion in class and on the online forum see under "Teaching tools" is welcome and will be duly considered in the final evaluation. Unlike other countries, in Italy students are allowed to take the exam without attending classes.
Non-attending students will be evaluated on the viva exam only, with no paper requested but with extra-texts to study see the Bibliography section. However, I strongly recommend exchange students to come to class on a regular basis. To be considered course-attending, students are requested to attend at least 25 lessons 50 hours. The following criteria will weigh on the paper's evaluation : 1.
Correct writing applicable if the paper is in the student's mothertongue i. All attending students are required to subscribe. The site will feature a discussion forum, event calendar, study topics and tools, and will be used for teacher-students communication and the distribution of homework. See the website of Roberto Brigati. Search Search Close. People Structures Close. My e-mail for students My e-mail for staff Close. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Send to friend. Search Course unit catalogue.
Course contents In this course, anthropology will be approached from a philosophical point of view and with philosophical methods. The course consists of three units. Third Unit: A sketch of the theory of evolution and of the notions of adaptation and natural selection; Evolutionism and ethical naturalism; Neo-Darwinism and its critics; Sociobiology and its ethical claims; Genetic and epigenetic, and their significance for the social sciences; The notion of exaptation and non-adaptationist accounts of evolution.
Mandatory readings : Readings provided by teacher in Italian, approx. La svolta ontologica in antropologia , Macerata: Quodlibet, [this is free for Unibo users: insert your credentials in login. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Note sul "Ramo d'oro" di Frazer , trad. Milano: Adelphi, including J.
Bouveresse's essay "Wittgenstein antropologo". Teaching methods The course will mainly consist of frontal lessons and teacher-led discussions. Assessment methods The exam is meant to ascertain: students' knowledge of the assigned texts; their understanding of the main views of human nature in philosophy; their ability to clearly present a philosophical-antropological topic; their ability to criticize and discuss the proposed topics.
I will also upload, on a weekly basis, the slides I will show during classes.
06992 - Philosophical Anthropology
Teacher Roberto Brigati. Credits Teaching Mode Traditional lectures. Language Italian. Online Lessons.
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