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 issues 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.

The aim of this course is to increase the analytical and critical skills of students, reflecting and formulating argumentations in precise historical-cultural contexts, helping them to develop structured, logical arguments.  


This module will take into account philosophical narrations to underline the peculiarities of the discipline. A special focus will be shared on the nature of texts so that the students will increase their skills in evaluating information, writing, understanding others’ perspectives.


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

Every Monday, from the 16th of October 2023, 2.30-4-30 (2.15-4.45).

Room Fib 1, 1st floor, Polo Fibonacci.

Last lecture: Monday, the 11th of December 2023.

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

Oral exam

January 2024, dates to be defined.

and the second semester.

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