Introduction to philosophical thought

Academic year: 2023-24
Course: Foundation Course Humanities
Credits: 3
Period: first semester

Number of hours: 24

Teacher(s): Annamaria Lossi ( )

Language of instruction English

Introduction to Philosophical Thought

Aims of the course

The module in Introduction to Philosophical Thought aims at giving a general historical and systematic outline of the Western philosophical thought. The course is directed to both FCH and FCS students who will become familiar with concepts and authors of the philosophical tradition. Special attention will be paid to the modus operandi philosophy developed over the centuries, interpreting philosophical texts and learning their argumentative discourse.   


This module will take into account philosophical narrations to underline the peculiarities of the discipline. A special focus will be shared on the nature texts.


The course will mainly consist of reading and discussing during the classes.

The lecture of two hours will be divided in two parts. After an introductory presentation (with power point, pictures, short texts) a specific reading will be (re)read, analysed or commented. All the texts will be uploaded in pdf and shared before the lecture.

The final mark will be based on:

  1. the quality of attendance, interest and participation (1-10)
  2. final written test (usually to be done on the final day of the course) (1-10)
  3. oral exam (1-10)

For any question students can be received by the lecturer at the Department under appointment made emailing directly to:


The bibliography is all in English translations to give everyone the possibility to get an equal preparation in a common language.

No pre-knowledges are needed for Introduction of Philosophy course (First semester) or for Philosophy of Art and Sciences (Second Semester).


Time and Schedule

Online lectures also available for those who cannot join personally the course

Oral exam

Dates to be defined for the first semester and the second semester.

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