Master course: This course aims to analyse some basic categories of Social Philosophy, such as individual, society, social bond, recognition, conflict, passions, world. Moreover, the course will assess the status of Social Philosophy as both critical theory and as a normative perspective; and will try to verify the effectiveness of some key concepts of the Social Philosophy for the analysis of contemporary world and the global age.
Th.Hobbes, Leviatano, La Nuova Italia, Firenze 1987
Z.Bauman, Paura liquida, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2006
E.Pulcini, La cura del mondo. Paura e responsabilità in età globale, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2009
In the first instance, the course will propose a deep examination of some fundamental concepts of social philosophy, with particular attention to the theme of social sentiments and the role of fear in the constitution of the social bond, between modernity and global age.
Knowledge of the basic concepts of the Social Philosophy
Frontal teaching, written works of the students and seminar discussions
Type of Assessment
The course implies writing short texts - on some parts of the books requested by the program - to be discussed with the teacher during the course to test writing skills and discussion of the students. The final examination consists in an oral conversation with the teacher intended to verify the bibliographic expertise, the knowledge of the texts, expressive properties, and especially the capability to critically analyze the philosophical issues and topics raised.
The course intends to focus on a theme that is mostly overlooked by contemporary reflection, namely the role of affectivity and passions in the constitution of the social bond: and it aims to investigate in particular the role of fear. First, the emphasis is placed on the role of "fear" in early modernity (Hobbes) as a fundamental passion for the origin of modern society and for the foundation of politics. Secondly, the course intends to reflect - after having given an introduction to the theme of globalization - on the connection between what has been defined as a risk society (Beck) and the transformations of fear in the global age: focusing in particular on the fear of other as "different" in multicultural societies and crossed by the challenge of forced migrations.