30413 - Philosophy Laboratory (1) (G.B)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Philosophy (cod. 9216)

Learning outcomes

The student learns to read and critically analyze philosophical texts and to write a philosophical essay.

Course contents

General Information

The Philosophy Workshop has three main purposes: education to philosophical writing and editorial conventions; introduction to the use of bibliographic resources; introduction to how to read a philosophical classic and how to produce a short philosophical essay about it.

The success of workshops ideally requires regular attendance of all students at all meetings. In order to be admitted to the final exam and achieve a pass, students will need to have attended at least 12 out of 15 classes (24 hours out of 30).

Students can choose from several proposals of Philosophy Workshops. Programmes and teachers’ names are available on the website of the First Cycle Degree/Bachelor in Philosophy (corsi.unibo.it/1cycle/Philosophy). Up to 40 students may attend each laboratory. Classes will be given in Italian or in English, as indicated by each teacher on their laboratory web pages.

Please enrol via Studenti On Line (studenti.unibo.it/sol/welcome.htm), by clicking on the tab “Prenotazioni” and the workshop of your choice. Enrolment begins on the 1st of September, 2023.

Attendance — both face-to-face and online, if streaming is activated — will be verified by signature on sign-in sheets or by log-in online. In the light of several unpleasant episodes of signature falsification in recent years, in the event that it is proved that even a single signature has not been made by the corresponding student, that student will be excluded from the final exam and will have to wait until the next year to attend the Workshop again. The same standards will hold for students submitting written exams which are totally or partially copied from published sources or digital texts.

Only in the event of certified inability to attend the Workshop are students allowed to arrange an alternative programme with the relevant teacher of the module in question. Such cases include:

- working students who cannot obtain specific permission to attend the Workshop. These students shall inform the teacher at the beginning of the module and provide a declaration of their employers stating their inability to attend.

- students who are participating in exchange programmes (Erasmus, Overseas, etc.). These students shall promptly provide documentary evidence to the teacher showing their inability to attend on grounds of residence abroad.

For attending students assessment will consist in the submission and discussion of a short essay on the philosophical text discussed in the Workshop attended. The essay will be evaluated both for form and for content. During the laboratory, teachers will provide instructions on how to write the final essay, and all students are requested to download and study the manual of philosophical writing, which can be found at corsi.unibo.it/laurea/Filosofia/laboratorio-di-filosofia-norme-per-la-redazione-del-saggio-finale (in Italian).

Philosophy Laboratory (1) (G.B): Husserl, Cartesian Meditations

The laboratory will examine Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology, through the reading and discussion of the “Cartesian Meditations”. The topics covered will be the following: Descartes and the cogito; intentionality and constitution; phenomenological epoché; transcendental idealism; intersubjectivity and the alter ego.

The first three lessons will be dedicated to the rules of writing and composition of a philosophical essay and the bibliographical tools, while in the following lessons the reading of the “Cartesian Meditations” will be addressed.

Please note that this activity will be held only in presence.

Course timetable: 2nd period: Monday 11-13 (Lecture room D, via Zamboni 34), Tuesday 15-17 (Lecture room C, via Zamboni 34), Wednesday 15-17 (Lecture room C, via Zamboni 34)

Course start date: the course will not start on Wednesday, November 8th, but on Monday, November 13th, 2023


E. Husserl, Cartesian Meditations. An Introduction to Phenomenology, Springer, Dordrecht 1973 (selected pages).

G. Ferretti, Soggettività e intersoggettività. Le “Meditazioni cartesiane” di Husserl, Rosenberg & Sellier, Torino 1997.

V. Costa, Husserl, Carocci, Roma 2009 (optional).

The slides used in the lessons will be available in the online material.

Teaching methods

The laboratory has a seminar character. After a presentation of the fundamental topics of Husserl’s thought, we will proceed to reading, commenting and discussing some parts of the “Cartesian Meditations”. Students can submit individual or group presentations on specific themes of the book.

Assessment methods

The exam will consist of a presentation and discussion of a short essay regarding topics and issues dealing with the texts analyzed during the laboratory. The work will be evaluated as follows:

1. in terms of content;

2. in terms of the conceptual tools employed;

3. in terms of argumentative and writing skills.

The topic of the essay must be previously discussed with the teacher. The essay, between 12,000 and 15,000 characters long (spaces, notes, and bibliography included), must be sent by email, in pdf format, to the teacher’s address at least two weeks before the date of the oral exam.

Assessment criteria:

Passed: The educational objectives have been achieved.

Not passed: The educational objectives have not been achieved.

The work of the laboratory presupposes the constant presence of students: in order to take the final exam, students will need to have attended at least 12 out of 15 classes (24 hours out of 30).

Students with disabilities and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students with disabilities or Specific Learning Disorders have the right to special accommodations according to their condition, following an assessment by the Service for Students with Disabilities and SLD. Please do not contact the teacher but get in touch with the Service directly to schedule an appointment. It will be the responsibility of the Service to determine the appropriate adaptations. For more information, visit the page: https://site.unibo.it/studenti-con-disabilita-e-dsa/en/for-students

Teaching tools

PowerPoint slides

Office hours

See the website of Sebastiano Galanti Grollo


Quality education Partnerships for the goals

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