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 detailed reconstruction of one of the highest and outstanding phases 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 text is lost but from Descartes' correspondance 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 he 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 tries to verify the knowledge of the historical context in the age of Descartes and the mastery of the main points od 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 point of the Cartesian metaphysics.
The course will be developped according to the following phases:
a profile of Descartes' life and works;
a reconstruction of his early scientific interests.
a reading of the Discours
a reading of the Meditations.
Class schedule: the course will start on October 2nd, 2017., and follow according to this timetable: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 1100 - 13.00 a.m.
From October 2nd, to the end of february 2018 Professor Abbri will meet the students in Arezzo on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9,30 to 11.00 a.m.
From March 1st to April 20th, prof. Abbri will meet the students in Siena at Palazzo San Galgano. Students in Arezzo may contact prof. Abbri by email.
Prof. Abbri will resume meetings with students in Arezzo after the end of April, each Wednesday from 9,30 to 12.00 a.m.
0575 926352 (AR); 0577 232510 (SI).