This course aims to analyse in depth some basic categories of Social Philosophy, such as individual, society, social bond, community, passions, world; and normative concepts as recognition, care, gift, responsibility. Moreover, the course will assess the status of Social Philosophy as both critical theory and as a normative perspective .
The course also aims to train students in the discussion and writing texts.
Hans Jonas, Il principio responsabilità, Einaudi, Torino 1990; K.O.Apel- P.Becchi-P.Ricoeur, Hans Jonas. Il filosofo della responsabilità, Albversorio, Milano 2004; E. Pulcini, La cura del mondo, Bollati Boringhieri 2009 (Parte III)
The course intends to propose a reflection on the theme of responsibility starting from the unprecented trasnformations produced by the development of technology, with particular reference to the reflection of Hans Jonas.
Knowledge of the basic concepts of the Social Philosophy
Frontal teaching and discussions
Oltre ad Hans Jonas, si faranno riferimenti ad altri testi filosfici come G. Anders, L'uomo è antiquato, Bollati Boringhieri o H.Arendt, Vita activa, Bompiani.
Type of Assessment
The course implies writing short texts - on some parts of the book 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 theme of Responsibility has emerged strongly in the philosophical thought of the twentieth century because of what we now call global challenges (ecological, nuclear). The course aims reconstructing primarily the reasons for this, showing how the huge development of technology has profoundly changed the anthropological and social landscape of modern society, introducing new challenges on the ethical and normative level. Through the reflection of Hans Jonas and his The Imperative of Responsibility, the course will focus on the possible negative consequences of technological development (as in the case of the ecological crisis), and reflect on the link between the ethics of responsibility and the concept of future.