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

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

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

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

Course contents


The Philosophy Laboratory has three goals: teaching the rules of writing and composition; an introduction on how to use bibliographic tools; an introduction on how to read a philosophy classic and the creation of a short philosophical essay on said classic.
The success of workshops is based on regular attendance of all students to all meetings In order to be admitted to the final exam and gain a pass, therefore, students will need to have attended at least 12 out of 15 classes (24 hours out of 30).
Students can choose among five proposals of Philosophy Laboratory (programs and teachers names are available on the web guide of the Degree Course of Philosophy).
45 students are expected for each laboratory.
To enroll in the I or II semester Laboratories, students must send, by e-mail, the application to the chosen teacher (subject: Philosophy Laboratory) between  20 and 25 September 2021. Each teacher will accept up to 45 requests.
Excess requests and those submitted after September 25th will be redistributed based on the availability of vacancies.
Because of several unpleasant episodes of signature falsification occurred in the last years, in case it is proved that even a single signature has not been made by the corresponding student, such 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 previously existing paper or digital texts.
Only in case of certified impossibility to attend the Workshop students are allowed to arrange an alternative program with the corresponding teacher of the attended module. Such cases concern:
- working students who cannot obtain a specific permission to attend the Workshop. Such students must inform the teachers both oLaboratory at the beginning of the corresponding modules and prove by a declaration of their employers the impossibility of their attendance.
- Erasmus and Overseas students. Such students must promptly provide documentary evidence to both teachers of the Laboratory showing the impossibility of their attendance due to their living abroad.

Attending and not attending students must get as soon as possible the manual of philosophical writing, which can be found on line on the web page of the Degree Course of Philosophy and in paper form at the Copy Shop Centotrecento, in via Centotrecento.

For attending students the exam will consist in the submission and discussion of a short essay on the philosophical text on which the attended Laboratory has been held. The essay will be assessed both concerning his form as his content .
For more detailed informations on such Workshops (period, schedules, rooms, programs, etc.) see the website of each Laboratory  lecturer.

                ANNARITA ANGELINI Laboratory G.A

                         Space and time in Italian painting
between fifteenth and sixteenth centuries
Reading of a painted philosophical 'text'

The laboratory's aim consists in exemplifying and analyzing the methods for the philosophical reading of an iconographic text in its historical and theoretical framework.
The exemplification will be conducted from the relationship landscape / subject - background / foreground in some Renaissance painting.

Reference will be made in particular to:

-Masaccio, San Pietro risana gli infermi (Firenze, Santa Maria del Carmine, Cappella Brancacci)

-Jan van Eyck, I coniugi Arnolfini (Londra, National Gallery) - - 

Sant'Anna, la Vergine e il Bambino con l'agnellino (Parigi, Louvre).

During the lessons the paintings  will be analyzed and compared in light of their biographical, cultural and theoretical frameworks.

To enroll in this Laboratory, write to annarita.angelini@unibo.it


Students are suggested to read:

E. Panofsky, The Life and Art of Albrecht Dürer, Princeton (1955) 2005
- A. Angelini, Lo spazio di van Eyck e le forme di Dürer, in Matematica e immaginazione nel Rinascimento, Milano 2017, cap. III.

Further insights on iconology and iconography: 

- A. Angelini, Matematica e immaginazione nel Rinascimento, Milano 2017
- R. Lupacchini, Nella mente della natura, Pisa, ETS, 2020

- E. Panofsky,Studies In Iconology: Humanistic Themes In The Art of The Renaissance, Oxford, 1939.
- E. H. Gombrich, Symbolic Images: Studies in the Art of the Renaissance, London 1967
-C. Ginzburg, Da A. Warburg a E. Gombrich. Note su un problema di metodo, in Miti emblemi spie. Morfologia e storia, Torino, 1986
- J. Bialostocki, Iconografia e iconologia', in Enciclopedia universale dell'arte, VII, Firenze 1958
- C. Cieri Via, Nei dettagli nascosto. Per una storia del pensiero iconologico, Roma 1994



Teaching methods

Lectures on the iconographic text.
Interventions by students

Assessment methods

The exam will consist in a paper on a topic agreed with the teacher. To be able to face this verification, aimed at assessing the critical, reflexive and expository abilities, as well as the student's editorial skills, students must have followed the lessons to the extent of 8/10 and have weekly complied with what was required and considered indispensable for participation ( founded and active) to the debate and discussion during class hours.
If the proof is exceeded, students obtain the "idoneità".

Teaching tools

The pictures of the works will be projected and broken down in class.
A part of the interpretation will be left to the students, who will be required to work on the basis of the examples, of the interpretative schemes and of the material presented and examined during the classes

Office hours

See the website of Annarita Angelini