A general knowledge of the history of philosophy from Antiquity to the early modern Age.
Since 1629 metaphysics became more and more important in the context of Descartes' thought. The course aims at a detailded reconstruction of one of the highest and outstanding phased of philosophical meditation in the modern age.
Descartes' metaphysics from the Discours de la méthode (1637) to the Meditationes de prima philosophia (1641)
In 1629 Descartes started writing a small treatise on metaphysics. This textis lost, but from Descartes' correspondence is possible to know his first conclusions which drived him to deepen more and more the metaphysical questions. The course will present Descartes' life and works, and will specifically consider metaphysics in the fourth part of the Discourse and the meditations of first philosophy. The Meditations are one of the most important texts of the western philosophy and marked a turning point in the history of philosophy in the Europe of the XVII century.
R. Cartesio, Discorso sul metodo, Bari, Laterza, 2005. R. Cartesio, Meditazioni metafisiche, a cura di S. Landucci, Bari, Laterza, 2010; E. Garin, Vita e opere di Cartesio, Bari, Laterza, 2014.
Lectures on general problems and interpretative readings of Descartes' works.
Oral exam. One will try to verify the knowledge of the historical conetxt in the age of Descartes and the mastery of the main points of the Cartesian texts read and expounded during the lectures.
Descartes' philosophy is one of the turning points in the history of modern philosophy. The course aims at focusing on some of the crucial points of the Cartesian metaphysics.
The course will be developped according to the following phases:
a profile of Descartes' life and works;
a reconstruction of Descartes' early scientific interests;;
a reading of the Discours;
a critical reading of the Meditations.
Class schedule: the course will start on March 5th, and follow according to this timetable: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 14.00-16.00 a.m.
From March 6th 2018 to April 18th prof. Abbri will meet the students in Siena at Palazzo San Galgano, fourth floor, in Prof. Linguiti room.
Prof. Abbri will resume meetings with students in Arezzo after the end of April. Students in Siena may contact prof. Abbri by email.
0575 926352 (AR); 0577 232510 (SI).