A basic knowledge of the development of modern and contemporary philosophy.
The course aims at illustrating some main aspects of Jacob Burckhardt’s conceptions and practices of history and at considering, thanks to Karl Löwith’s book, the genesis and decline of the philosophy of history as a discipline.
Jacob Burckhardt, Karl Löwith and the meaning of history.
Study of Jacob Burckhardt’s ideas on the meaning of history and of his giving up the philosophy of history. Origin and decline of the philosophy of history.
In the nineteenth century in the German context an extraordinary development of the historical research took place. In this context Hegel’s philosophy of history was widely adopted while in another contexts positivistic philosophies of history were dominant. Jacob Burckhardt is a great Swiss historian and his lectures on universal history contain some outstanding statements on the meaning of the practice of history. F. Nietzsche was a careful reader and listener of Burckhardt. The volume by Löwith allows to illustrate Burckhardt’s rejection of the philosophy of history and to emphasize the origin of the finalistic conceptions of the historical becoming.
1) J. Burckhardt, Considerazioni sulla storia universale, Milano, SE 2002 oppure Id., Meditazioni sulla storia universale a c. di D. Cantimori, Firenze, Sansoni Editore 1985. 2) K. Löwith, Significato e fine della storia, Il Saggiatore Milano 1989.
Lectures and seminar on specific topics.
Siena, II semester, III period.
Timetable: Mond. 14-16, Tues. 14-16, Wedn. 14-16. Starting from february 29th, 2 p.m (14.00).
Prof. Abbri receives the students on Tuesday, at 10 a.m., in San Galgano (third floor, Prof. Linguiti room).
The students may contact prof. Abbri by email