73091 - Philosophy of Law (2) (LM)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Philosophical Sciences (cod. 8773)

Learning outcomes

Philosophy of law from a normative point of view. The concept of law, human rights, democracy are keywords of the course.

Course contents

The law and Its Shadow. On the Sense of Punishment

The course will deal with the judicial declination of the concept of democratic law, which emerged and recounted in the first module, following its historical genesis and twentieth-century theoretical elaboration.

At the center will now be the punishment, its meaning, its most extreme manifestations (such as the death penalty or life imprisonment), the ways of its infliction (starting with the prison institution), the abuses, like inhumane practices such as torture. The theoretical framework of the different conceptions of punishment will be reconstructed; they will be observed in relation to the democratic paradigm and, in the final part of the Course, they will be looked at investigating the roots of violence in society.

The landing of the unitary path faced from week to week will finally be the identification of the cultural dynamics and the logic of power (in particular the relationship between childhood and crime) which constitute one of the most relevant factors in affirming the "reverse of vita activa" and in the diffusion of individual actions that lead to multiple expressions of its denial.


Class Schedule

I Semester - II Period

Mo, Tu, We 11-13

Classroom A (C.trecento)

Start Date: November 2021.


Luigi Ferrajoli, Il paradigma garantista. Filosofia e critica del diritto penale, Editoriale Scientifica, Naples, 2014.

Marco Ruotolo, Dignità e carcere, Editoriale Scientifica, Naples, 2014.

Alice Miller, La persecuzione del bambino. Le radici della violenza, Bollati Boringhieri, Turin, 2008.


One among the following readings:

Albert Camus, Riflessioni sulla pena di morte, Bompiani, Milan, 2018.

Jacques Derrida, La pena di morte, Jaca Book, Milan, 2016, vol. I.

Roberto Escobar, La libertà negli occhi, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2006.

Michel Foucault, La società punitiva. Corso al Collège de France (1972-1973), Feltrinelli, Milan, 2016.

Michel Foucault, Sorvegliare e punire. Nascita della prigione [1975], Einaudi, Turin, 2014.

Marina Lalatta Costerbosa, Il silenzio della tortura, DeriveApprodi, Rome, 2016.

Marina Lalatta Costerbosa, Il bambino come nemico, DeriveApprodi, Rome, 2019.

Italo Mereu, La morte come pena. Saggio sulla violenza legale, Donzelli, Rome, 2007.

Franklin E. Zimring, La pena di morte. Le contraddizioni del sistema penale americano, il Mulino, Bologna, 2009.


The course will be accompanied by some seminars dedicated to themes or authors treated in class. Seminar appointments will be communicated at the beginning of the course; participation is optional.

The exam program is identical for attending and non-attending students.

Teaching methods

Lectures and discussion.

Interdisciplinary seminars will be hold by experts working in the field.

Assessment methods

Final oral examination. Room 5.01 (str. Zamboni 38) or on TEAMS. On September there will be an examination schedule.

Evaluating criteria:

1. Expertise; practical reasoning ability; critical competence.


18-21/30 basic level

22-25/30 moderate level

26-28/30 good level

29-30/30 excellent level.

Teaching tools


Links to further information

http://Si consiglia di consultare regolarmente la pagina web "Contenuti utili" del Portale personale della docente.

Office hours

See the website of Marina Lalatta Costerbosa


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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.