Basic knowledge of the history of Philosophy in the XX century (History of philosophy A).
The course aims at defining the main features of Bergson’s philosophy, with a specific reference to his conceptions of the conscience and its influence on contemporary literature. A picture of the interactions between philosophy and literature concerning the self will be presented
The problem of consciousness in philosophy and literature in the XX century
In the context of modern and contemporary culture the topic of a definition of the self, of the consciousness has attracted the attention of philosophers and novelists. In the context of the German culture, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, the self as a rational basis of knowledge played a crucial role in the academic philosophy and the literary productions from Goethe to Mann.
The course aims at a reconstruction of the story of the self in the nineteenth century up to 1889. In that year Henry Bergson published his Essais sur les données immédiates de la conscience. Bergson’s work will be specifically considered, and a picture of Bergson’s philosophy will be also given.
A particular attention will be devoted to Bergson’s influence on novelists (Marcel Proust) and on the figural arts.
1) H. Bergson, Saggio sui dati immediati della coscienza, Milano, Cortina, 2002.2) A. Pessina, Introduzione a Bergson , Bari, Laterza, 1994. 3) S. Poggi, L’io dei filosofi e l’io dei narratori- Da Goethe a Proust, Milano, Cortina, 2011.
Written or oral exam.
Timetable. Mond. 11-13; Tues. 11-13, Wesn. 11-13
Starting lectures November, 11th 2013