27985 - Moral Philosophy (LM)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have improved their ability to read texts and analyse issues of moral philosophy, with a special focus on historical reconstruction and critical interpretation, bibliographic recognition, written and oral language and exposition. By making constant reference to historiographic traditions, the course aims at stimulating and inspiring the first autonomous research hypotheses in students.

Course contents

Course title: On Kant’s practice philosophy

The course will be dedicated to Kant; specific reference will be made to the intersections between pure practical reason, rational-trascendental deduction of political power and its material and effectual constitution.

Timetable: II semester; Via Zamboni 34: Tuesday (aula A), Thursday (aula C), Friday (aula A), 9-11.

Lessons are scheduled to start on Thuesday 29 January 2019.


Classes will be dedicated to morals, transcendental deduction and empirical analysis of political order. Students will work on topics suggested by the lecturer and discuss their work publicly (3/4 classes).


A) Kant's works:

Critica della ragion pratica (in any edition).

Scritti di storia, politica e diritto, ed. F. Gonnelli, Roma-Bari, Laterza,



B) Secondary literature:

3. S. Landucci, La “Critica della ragion pratica”. Introduzione alla lettura, Roma, Carocci, 2020.

4. F. Gonnelli, La filosofia politica di Kant, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1996.

5. G.M. Chiodi, G. Marini, R. Gatti (a cura di), La filosofia politica di Kant, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2001.

6. A. Tosel, Kant rivoluzionario, Roma, Manifestolibri, 1999.


Attending students may ask for minor changes in the programme.



Teaching methods

Teaching will consist in the analysis of the sources and in the reconstruction of issues and theoretical problems. Students' participation is encouraged (teacher-led debates, short presentations, etc.).

Assessment methods

Final viva voce. Attending students can choose an alternative bibliography (optional; previous agreement with the teacher is required). In order to pass the exam, students are expected to show a good understanding of the required readings and an ability to critically discuss historical reconstructions, themes and comparisons between the authors, using critical bibliography as well. The ability to critically interpret the reference sources and to formulate research hypotheses is appreciated. Students are expected to bring with them the books they have used to prepare for the exam. 

Teaching tools

Required readings; photocopies, slides, didactic materials.

Office hours

See the website of Riccardo Caporali