Philosophy of Science

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in Communication Sciences
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Course type: 
Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class
First Semester
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Lesson (48 hours)

The teachings of the three-year curriculum, in particular the linguistic, historical, scientific and communication constitute the conceptual heritage essential in order to tackle the issues proposed in the course.

Final Examination: 

It is the only scheduled final oral examination during which you will:

- The ability to adequately understand the reading of a text;

- Adequate knowledge of exam papers;

- The ability to develop their own self-critical reflection.

The exam consists of an oral examination to evaluate the assessment of the acquisition and understanding of the contents of the texts that will be studied in its entirety: the contents of each volume will be raised two questions. There is an assessment of the ability of critical analysis of interdisciplinary and independent judgment on the main topics of the course (two questions). It will also be expected to know of the topics covered in class (at least 1 question). The final grade will take into account the accuracy and quality of the responses (70%), as well as the skill of communication shown during the interview (10%) and the ability to adequately justify statements, analyzes and opinions (20%).

Voto Finale

The course aims to define and critically analyze the different modes of present conceptual reflection within the tradition of Western thought, with particular reference to the link-science philosophy and tradition of critical rationalism. Particular attention is devoted to the analysis of the texts of classical thought with the aim of seizing the essential lines, the development of various conceptual forms, the explanation of the various categories and also topical reasoning, the analysis of language and the His organization - stylistic, disciplinary and conceptual - on the basis of an in-depth analytical and critical path, aimed, in general, the acquisition of an issue for reflection, and declined inserted within the different traditions of thought that have variously generated through multiple critical contamination.

The genesis of Marx’s philosophical reflection in the cultural world of the critical ra-tionalism of XIX century;
- Analysis of the conceptual style of Marx’s reflection;
- Analysis of Marx’s criticism;
- Analysis of Marx’s critical rationalism;
- Values and limits of Marx’s rationalism both on a theoretical level, both on a practical level;
- The Marx’s breakthrough within the tradition of Western rationalism critical;
- The contribution of Marx’s criticism to the understanding of scientific truth;
- The concept of Marx’s meaning and the overcoming of the traditional metaphysical ontology;

It required the study of the following texts:
- Karl Marx, Salario, prezzo profitto, any edition (approved by the teacher) (32 hours)
- Karl Marx, Il capitale any edition (approved by the teacher) (32 hours)
One of the following texts to choose from:
- Mario Dal Pra, La dialettica in Marx, Laterza, Bari 1969;
- Alfred Schmidt Il concetto di natura in Marx, Laterza, Bari 1973
- Étienne Balibar, La filosofia di Marx, Manifestolibri, Roma 2001
- Maximilien Rubel, Karl Marx, Saggio di biografia intellettuale, Prolegomeni a una sociologia etica, Cooperativa Colibrì, Brescia 2001
- Franz Mehring, Vita di Marx, Editori Riuniti, Roma 1969
- Francis Wheen, Karl Marx, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Milano 2000
- Jacques Attali, Karl Marx. Ovvero lo spirito del mondo, Fazi Editore, Roma 2006

The educational objectives of the course will be achieved through the ways of the lec-tures (for a total of 64 hours) that provide for the individual and collective discus-sion of the texts of the classics made in direct reference.

It carries on Wednesday, from 14 to 16, at the headquarters of the International Centre Insubrico, located on the second floor of the College Cattaneo, on the campus of Bizzozero. It is advisable to make direct contact with the instructor via e-mail to arrange a specific time, in order to shorten the waiting time.