Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in History and Stories of the Contemporary World
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Academic year in which the course will be held: 
Course type: 
Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class
Seat of the course: 
Varese - Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
First Semester
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Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (64 hours)

It is recommended the frequency of the "Precorso di Filosofia" foreseen in the period September 14, 2020-25 September 2020.
The timetable of the course will be visible on the Storia e storie del mondo contemporaneo official website.

Final Examination: 

The acquisition and correct understanding of the course contents will be assessed through an oral examination (three questions) concerning the readings suggested in the section below and other materials uploaded on the e-learning platform.
The mark of the oral examination (expressed on a scale of 30) will take into account the accuracy of the answers (worth 60% of the mark), as well as students’ analytical and presentation skills (worth 40% of the mark).

Voto Finale

The course offers the necessary tools for a critical analysis of the relationship between the man and the environment, highlighting the peculiarities of the human existence on the planet. One of the key assumptions of the Philosophical Anthropology is that humans do not merely live in an environment like: through their historical experience, differently from the other beings, they build their own “world” of meaning. The course deals with different perspectives and interpretations starting from the so-called “anthropological difference”, which has been problematized in today’s philosophical and ecological debates.
Among the learning objectives we find:
- the knowledge of the topics proposed during the lessons and on the reference texts
- the ability to interpret and discuss the acquired information under the lens of the recent debate among philosophers, ecologists, and anthropologists on the peculiarities of human nature.
- expertise in the History of Philosophy
- capacity to interpret the present, being aware of the cultural transformations that constantly redefine the sense of human action in history.

The first part of the course (14 hours) offers an overview of the history of the studies in Anthropological Philosophy, focusing on its origins, main authors, recurrent topics, and the main approaches emerged during the twentieth century.

The second part of the course (50 hours), entitled “Man and the environment: A Philosophy of ecology”, focuses on the topics described above by entangling the philosophical perspective with the social, ecological, and anthropological sciences. The philosophical tools will thus be applied to discuss relevant questions concerning our present and particularly to the urging problem of the human condition on the planet.

- Guido Dalla Casa, "L’ecologia profonda. Lineamenti per una nuova visione del mondo", Mimesis, Milano-Udine 2011;
- Bruno Latour, "Essere di questa terra. Guerra e pace al tempo dei conflitti ecologici", Rosenberg & Sellier, Torino 2019;
- Carlo Sini, "Telmo Pievani, E avvertirono il cielo. Nascita della cultura", Jaca Book, Milano 2020.


The educational objectives of the Course will be achieved through 64 lecture hours. Students are expected to participate in the discussions and analysis of additional materials (documents and texts) provided by the lecturer, which will allow them to deep the knowledge of the aims and methods of the philosophical anthropology.

Students are required to previously schedule a meeting by sending an e-mail to the lecturer.