73085 - History of Contemporary Philosophy (2) (LM)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The teaching of the History of Contemporary Philosophy aims to explore an issue that throughout the XXth century has gone through different changes. The course introduces the students to the issues of a post-metaphysical thought which are rooted in the experience of the actual man while characterizing the last developments of the philosophical debate and involving different cultural contexts. The ideas on the end of the Subject, the death of God, the overcoming of the fundamental, the complaint of logocentrism, which mostly regard contemporary philosophy and are included in our existence, represent the focus of the course. The purpose is then to present the students a past that manifests itself in today, and precisely because the programme concentrates on the world which involves us all, the course wants to contribute to the acquisition of the student’s awareness and critical skills.

Course contents

“The Law is the Reason of Thing”

On Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (2)

The course foresees the reading of the essential parts of the Elements of the Philosophy of Right (1821), in order to highlight both the theoretical structure of the Hegelian discourse (the conceptual instrumentation; the dialectical logic; the fundamental criteria of judgment) during the Berlin period and to offer its precise historical critical contextualization.

In this second module the reading of the text mostly concentrate on “Ethical Life” (Sittlichkeit) and the concluding historical-philosophical paragraphs.

Dr. Gennaro Imbriano will hold a seminar on the Marxian critique of “Hegel’s Philosophy of Public Law” that belongs to the Second Module.


Class Schedule

Monday, Wednesday, 3-5 p.m., classroom I, via Zamboni 38

Tuesday, 3-5 p.m., classroom IV, via Zamboni 38



Starting date: 12th November 2018


1. Primary Text

G.W.F. Hegel, Lineamenti di filosofia del diritto. Diritto naturale e scienza dello Stato in compendio. Con le aggiunte di Eduard Gans, Laterza, Roma-Bari 1999 [Third part, "Ethical Life"]


G.W.F. Hegel, Lineamenti di filosofia del diritto. Diritto naturale e scienza dello Stato, Bompiani, Milano 2006 [Third part, "Ethical Life"]


2. Critical Readings (1 text of your choice, different from the one chosen for the first module)

F. Rosenzweig, Hegel e lo Stato (1920), il Mulino, Bologna 1976

G. Lukács, Il giovane Hegel e i problemi della società capitalistica (1948), Einaudi, Torino 1960

E. Weil, Hegel e lo Stato e altri scritti hegeliani (1950), Guerini, Milano 1988

P. Salvucci, Lezioni sulla hegeliana filosofia del diritto. La società civile, Guerini, Milano 2000

S. Avineri, La teoria hegeliana dello Stato (1972), Laterza, Bari 1973

R. Bodei, La civetta e la talpa. Sistema ed epoca in Hegel (1975), il Mulino, Bologna 2004

C. Cesa (ed.), Il pensiero politico di Hegel. Guida storia e critica, Laterza, Roma-Bari 1979

N. Bobbio, Studi hegeliani. Diritto, società civile, stato, Einaudi, Torino 1981

G. Bonacina, Storia universale e filosofia del diritto. Commento a Hegel, Guerini, Milano 1989

D. Losurdo, Hegel e la libertà dei moderni, Editori Riuniti, Roma 1992

E. Cafagna, La libertà nel mondo. Etica e scienza dello Stato nei «Lineamenti di filosofia del diritto» di Hegel, il Mulino, Bologna 1998

A. Burgio, Il sogno di una cosa. Per Marx, DeriveApprodi, Roma 2018


3. Basic Skills

The knowledge of fundamental authors and themes regarding the history of philosophy between the 19th and 20th centuries is required for the oral exam. (A list of authors will be available online).


4. Seminar

The bibliography for the seminar will be given during the course.


The programme is the same both for attending and not attending students.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons with discussions in class of the most crucial issues; seminar.

Assessment methods

The final oral exam focuses on the programme’s material and will be held in the Professor’s office: 5.08, Via Zamboni, 38.

The critical evaluation considers the fundamental notions, the level of the analysis and the critical skills. On the basis of these three principal parameters an overall evaluation in thirtieths is expressed.



18-21 Sufficient

22-25 Average

26-28 Good-Very Good

29-30 Excellent

Office hours

See the website of Alberto Burgio