73072 - History of Contemporary French Philosophy (1) (LM)

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

French Contemporary Philosophy is one of the most important, from a theoretical point of view, but also as a key to debates in a wide range of human sciences, as linguistics, sociology, political philosophy, feminism, gender studies.

Course contents

The crisis of globalisation, the ecological question and the concept of history.

The crisis of liberist globalisation and the ecological crisis impose to rethink deeply the concept of nature and the concept of history.General introduction (4 hours). History and nature in Vico and Auerbach (10 hours). Benjamin's concept of translation, the understanding of the other and the bio-phenomenologic concept of life (10 Hours). Foucault and Merleau-Ponty on these items (6 hours). All the texts will be found in photocopies in Copyshop Centotrecento, via Centotrecento, with the exception of the following book: M. Iofrida, Per un paradigma del corpo: una rifondazione filosofica dell'ecologia, Quodlibet, Macerata, 2019 (in press), whose reading is obligatory. The final examination consists of a discussion of an essay, whose argument must be arranged with the professor.Hours and room: The course will start on February 3, 2020; Monday Tuesday Wednesday 17-19 Room C.

FOR STUDENTS WHO CANNOT FOLLOW THE LESSONS: A program must be agreed with the professor.


See the program.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons.

Assessment methods

The final examination is finalized to verify that didactic focuses have been realized, i. e. the capacity of the student to trace the mean philosophical streamings of French contemporary philosophy ; his knowledge of the basic historical-philosophical notions necessary to a master students in this arguments.
The final mark results from an oral examination, preceded by a written essay, to which a special importance is conferred: to each student a personalized argument will be attributed, conform to his cultural profile and to the didactic and scientific necessities inherent to it.

Evaluation criteria are listed and explained in the lecturer’s website.

Teaching tools

Seminars and composition of papers attaining to the course program.

Office hours

See the website of Manlio Iofrida