Tito Magri

Esperto di alta qualificazione
M-FIL/01 ( Filosofia teoretica )
Filosofia
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Ricevimento

Ricevo per appuntamento, da prendere per via email a tito.magri48@gmail.com.
 

No Class Today (November 22, 2022)
Mar 22 Nov 2022 Mer 22 Nov 2023

There will be no class today. We reconvene on Thursday, November 24.

No Class on 10/31
Mer 26 Ott 2022 Gio 26 Ott 2023

There will be no class on Monday, 10/31. We will reconvene on  Tuesday, 11/1. 

 

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Geach on Good and Evil and a new version of Class 2 Lecture Notes
Mar 11 Ott 2022 Mer 11 Ott 2023

This is an important paper on metaethics. 

http://fair-use.org/peter-t-geach/good-and-evil

Check in Materiale Didattico for a new version of today's Lecture Notes

Hume's Texts (for Classes this week). (Perhaps, also next Monday.)
lun 10 Ott 2022 Mar 10 Ott 2023

The Hume part of our course will deal exclusively with his masterpiece, A Treatise of Human Nature. Of course, with only small bits of this monumental work. 

You should read in advance to our classes the following parts of the Treatise:

Introduction

Book 1, Part 1, Sections 1 and 2

Book 3, Part 1, Sections 1 and 2

Book 3, Part 3, Section 2.

Hume's texts are available online at an excellent website: https://davidhume.org/

Program for next week, October 10-13
Ven 07 Ott 2022 Sab 07 Ott 2023

This is the outline of what we will do next week.

On Monday, October 10, we will wrap up the introductory part of the course, by connecting the taxonomies of metaethical problems and theories with a philosophically important pattern involving representation, value, and agency. I will also motivate our transition to and focus on Hume's philosophy.

The classes of Tuesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 13, will be dedicated to Hume's general philosophy (in his Treatise of Human Nature), in particular to his theory of cognitive content, and to his views on ethics and on the foundations of ethics. 

In my next post, I will give you detailed indications about what to read of Hume's text, which i available online, in advance to out classes

Program for next week, October 10-13
Ven 07 Ott 2022 Sab 07 Ott 2023

This is the outline of what we will do next week.

On Monday, October 10, we will wrap up the introductory part of the course, by connecting the taxonomies of metaethical problems and theories with a philosophically important pattern involving representation, value, and agency. I will also motivate our transition to and focus on Hume's philosophy.

The classes of Tuesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 13, will be dedicated to Hume's general philosophy (in his Treatise of Human Nature), in particular to his theory of cognitive content, and to his views on ethics and on the foundations of ethics. 

In my next post, I will give you detailed indications about what to read of Hume's text, which i available online, in advance to out classes

First Class Tomorrow
Dom 02 Ott 2022 lun 02 Ott 2023

Tomorrow we will have our first class. 12:30/14:30, Room XI.

 

Check in Materiale Didattico for lecture notes and other stuff. 

 

We will discuss some passages from Kant's Groundwork. Here is a text you can check.

https://cpb-us-w2.wpmucdn.com/blog.nus.edu.sg/dist/c/1868/files/2012/12/Kant-Groundwork-ng0pby.pdf

Classes Begin!
Mar 27 Set 2022 Mer 27 Set 2023

Our course will begin

Monday, October 3, 12:30, Room XI

Check here for materials. 

Theoretical Philosophy Course, Fall Term, 2022 - Representation and Agency. An Overview of Metaethics
Gio 08 Set 2022 Ven 08 Set 2023

Due to problems with Sapienza administratives, I am posting here for now the program and some information about my next Course.  

 

Docente: Tito Magri

 

Titolo dell’insegnamento: Theoretical Philosophy

 

Livello: LM

 

CFU: 12 CFU

 

 

 

OBIETTIVI FORMATIVI

 

Aside from generic and indispensable goals like the understanding of philosophical discourse, the aim of the course is to introduce the students to the main topics of metaethics in a historical and in an analytic perspective. The course will have the character of a seminar and will require the participants to engage in weekly readings and to give their own presentations of selected topics. All participants are expected to take part to the discussion of each one’s presentations and of the lectures given by the instructor. To pass the course the students will have to write a final paper, to be discussed with the instructor. Altogether, this should ensure that the student are thoroughly trained in metaethics and in philosophical analysis, discussion, and writing. 

 

 

 

 

PREREQUISITI

 

Reading and speaking knowledge of the English language. BA level knowledge of the History of Philosophy and of Theoretical Philosophy.

 

 

PROGRAMMA DELL’INSEGNAMENTO (minimo 700 caratteri, spazi inclusi)

 

Representation and Agency. An Overview of Metaethics

 

Ethics is ancient. Not only social practices in terms of recognizably moral rule have been with humankind since time immemorial, but ethics as a discipline has marked the very birth of western philosophy. By contrast, metaethics is modern. The semantic, ontology, metaphysics, and epistemology of ethical thought and discourse have become problematic only in modern philosophy. This seems to reflect general and deep intellectual and social changes, which it will be interesting to touch upon. Philosophically, in the analytic tradition, metaethics has even threatened to replace ethics ad a philosophical subject.

 

The importance of metaethics in modern and contemporary philosophy can be explained with the consideration that the relation between facts and values, properties and norms, nature and goodness, which has long been one of continuity if not of identity, becomes problematic on either side. Facts, properties, and nature become the exclusive domain of empirical cognition and of scientific laws. Values, norms, and goodness must find a location in subjectivity, without losing their authority and their objective import.

 

More deeply, in modern and contemporary philosophy, representation and agency, the conditions for reference, truth, and knowledge, on the one side, and those for desire, preference, and action, on the other, seem to come apart. Once the two fall apart, ethics is torn between the representation and agency. We look outside, to how things are and to matters of fact, in assessing what is valuable and what we should do; but preference, intention, and action are subjective conditions and primarily sensitive to internal considerations.

 

Metaethics has been and is the philosophical attempt to ease or solve this tension, by providing a semantics, an ontology, a metaphysics, and an epistemology of ethical discourse and practice that in one way or another can restore its coherence. Metaethics therefore has to do, along different theoretical dimensions, with the possibility of ethics. That we think and act morally (sometimes, at least) is a fact; understanding and articulating this fact is the task of ethics; explaining how this fact is possible, the task of metaethics.

 

The course will address metaethics in a historical and analytic fashion.

 

Historical

 

(a) The Dawn of Metaethics: D. Hume, Treatise of Human Nature, Book 3, Part 1.

 

(b) The Rise of Metaethics: G.E. Moore, Principia Ethica, and other metaethical writings.

 

(c) The Heyday of Metaethics: (i) Emotivism (Ayer, Stevenson, Hare)

 

(d) The Heyday of Metaethics: (ii) Intuitionism (Ross, Ewing, Pritchard)

 

(e) The Heyday of Metaethics: (iii) Expressivism (Blackburn, Gibbard)

 

(f) Contemporary Naturalistic and Non-Naturalistic Realism

 

 

 

Analytic

(a) The Dimensions of Metaethics: Semantic, Ontology, Epistemology

 

(b) The Fundamental Problem: Normative Objectivity and Necessity

 

(c) The First-Order Conception of Ethical Authority

 

(d) The Possibility of Ethical Normativity

 

 

 

 

MODALITA’ DI SVOLGIMENTO

 

Classroom lectures and discussion sessions. Students are expected to present their views in a formal way.

 

 

Frequenza:

 

It is strongly recommended to attend classes.

 

 

 

MODALITA’ DI VALUTAZIONE

 

The students will prepare a final paper under my supervision. The papers will deal with issues discussed in the course. It is expected that it be an exercise in philosophical analysis. It is expected but not required that it be in English. The final grade will depend on the quality of the paper (80%) and on the participation to the discussions (20%)

 

TESTI ADOTTATI E BIBLIOGRAFIA DI RIFERIMENTO

 

Our main reference text is:

 

A. Miller, An Introduction to Contemporary Metaethics (2003)

 

M. Schroeder, Noncognitivism in Ethics (2010)

 

The historical part of the course will focus on:

 

D. Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature (1740)

 

G.E. Moore, Principia Ethica (1902) and other essays (1922)

 

C. Stevenson, Ethics and Language (1944)

 

R.M. Hare, The Language of Morals (1952)

 

D. Ross, Foundations of Ethics (1939)

 

S. Blackburn, Essays in Quasi-Realism (1993)

 

A. Gibbard, Thinking How to Live (2003)

 

J. McDowell, Mind, Value, and Reality (1998)

 

For the analytic part:

 

Lecture notes

 

 

Bibliografia di riferimento

 

 

See the above list

 

 

Orari delle Lezioni

 

Monday 12:30-14:30 Aula XI

 

Tuesday 14:30-16:30 Aula XI

 

Thursday 13:30-17:30 Aula XI

 

The course will begin on Monday, October 3

Summary information
Gio 08 Set 2022 Ven 08 Set 2023

My course will be on Analytic Metaethics. Heady stuff but interesting. 

Lessons will start on Monday, October 3. 

The schedule is: 

Monday 12:30-14:30 Aula XI

Tuesday 14:30-16:30 Aula XI

Thursday 13:30-17:30 Aula XI

Feel free to email me for further information. And stay tuned. 

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Italiano

Sono nato a Roma nel 1948 e ho studiato all‘Università di Roma con Lucio Colletti. Sono professore ordinario dal 1987. Ho insegnato prima nell‘Università di Bari (Filosofia della storia) e poi, dal 1998, nell‘Università di Roma – La Sapienza, Antropologia filosofica e Filosofia teoretica. Nell‘autunno del 2006 sono stato visiting professor all‘Università del Michigan (Ann Arbor), nell‘inverno del 2007 sono stato fellow dell‘Italian Academy presso Columbia (New York). Ho tenuto talks e seminari in giro per il mondo.
In ambito teorico, mi sono occupato di filosofia politica, di filosofia della psicologia e delle emozioni, di fondamenti della razionalità pratica, di teoria dell‘azione e di teoria della conoscenza. In ambito di storia della filosofia, mi sono occupato di Hobbes, Rousseau, Hume, Locke.
Sto finendo di scrivere un libro su Hume e l'immaginazione. Ho in programma altri due lavori. Uno, di filosofia dell‘azione, propone una concezione realista, ispirata ad Aristotele, Frege e Anscombe, del contenuto e della normatività intrinseca delle azioni, delle cose che facciamo. L'altro, a cavallo fra metafisica generale e filosofia della mente, propone una revisione radicale del concetto di persona, di identita' personale, e di prima persona, lungo la linea di tensione fra una concezione aristotelica e una cartesiana di queste idee. Prima o poi scrivero' anche qualcosa di metaetica. Chi vivra', vedra'.
 


Inglese

 I was born in Rome in 1948. I was trained as a philosopher at the Università di Roma. Lucio Colletti was my advisor and my mentor. I have been a full professor of philosophy since dal 1987, first at the Università di Bari, then, from 1998 on, at the Università di Roma – La Sapienza. I have given courses (both at gradueate and undergraduate level) in moral and political philosophy, in the philosophy of mind, in the theory of knowledge, and in the philosophy of action.
 
I was visiting professor at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in the Fall term of 2006 and a fellow of the Italian Academy at Columbia in the Winter term 2007. My research work has been mainly in political philosophy, in the philosophy of emotions, in the foundations of rational choice, in the philosophy of action. I also have interestes in the history of philosophy: I have done work on Hobbes, Rousseau, Hume, Locke.
 
I am sort of finishing writing a book on Hume's imaagination, focused on Book I of the Treatise. I have two ongoing projects. One is in the philosophy of action and attempts to provide a realist conception of the content and intrinsic normativity of actions, deeds, the things we do, along lines inspired to Aristotle, Frege, and Anscombe. The other straddles between general metaphysics and the philosophy of mind and attemps a deep revision of the concepts of person, personal identity and the first person, along the line of fracture between Aristotle and Descartes.
Sooner or later I will also do some work in metaethics. God helps! 


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