The course will outline the development of contemporary philosophy from Henri Bergson to Jean Paul Sartre. We will walk a path along which we will be meeting and studying the following personalities: Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Henri Bergson, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Jean Paul Sartre. Throughout the course, we will be reading and analyzing selected fragments from the texts of the above-mentioned thinkers. The students are supposed to attend the lessons regularly and to participate to them actively. The teaching method will consist first of all of lessons in class. These classes will be integrated, by the right measure and in the opportune time, by interactive lessons and, eventually, by the use of multimedia materials. The final assessment will consist of an oral exam during which the student will be reading and analyzing some of the fragments commented during the course.
The student will choose one of the following handbooks: David West, An Introduction to continental philosophy, Polity Press, Cambridge, 2000. C. L. Ten, The Nineteenth Century, Routledge, London, 2003. Richard Kearney (ed.), Continental philosophy in the 20th Century, Routledge, London, 2003. Primary sources F. Nietzsche, The birth of tragedy and the other writings, Cambridge University Press, 1999. F. Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra. A book for everyone and nobody, OUP Oxford, 2008. H. Bergson, Matter and Memory, Zone Books, New York, 2005. E. Husserl, Cartesian Meditation, Springer, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London and New York, 2012. E. Husserl, The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology, Northwestern University Press, 1970. M. Heidegger, Being and Time, Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008. J. P. Sartre, Being and Nothingness. An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology, Routledge, 2003.