Basic Course Information for Philosophy of Italian Culture

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Course Description

Philosophy of Italian Culture

This team-taught interdisciplinary course provides an in-depth study of Italian culture in the context of a philosophical inquiry into the nature of culture. The philosophical inquiry is developed using resources from physical anthropology, biogeography, philosophical critiques of European and Italian culture (especially from Nietzsche, Weber, and Marx, but also from Italians such as Antonio Gramsci and contemporary Italian philosophers such as Vattimo, Ferraris, and Viroli), and the cultural anthropology of Italian and Mediterranean culture. The study of Italian culture throughout the course emphasizes the role of the intellectual and social change, with particular focus on the problems of national unification, violence (state violence, as well as the violence of criminal syndicates and revolutionaries), and the distortion of democratic process by media ownership and power, particularly in the person and politics of Silvio Berlusconi. The course concludes with a look at how processes of globalization are affecting the cultural problems studied in the course. Through readings, film, papers, and discussion we will try to develop a view of culture and cultural change which provides insights into modern and contemporary Italian culture.

Goals of the Course

Contact Information

Dr. Torunn Haaland, Department of Modern Languages, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 99258
Dr. Mark Alfino, Department of Philosophy, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 99258
Office Hours: Alfino: M-TH 8-10 and by appointment.
Office: Alfino: 313-6753
Email: alfino@gonzaga.edu; haaland@gonzaga.edu

Policies

  1. You must complete all work in the course to receive a grade.
  2. You must disclose any work that you are turning in for this course that you are submitting or have submitted for other courses.
  3. You must comply with all university policies concerning academic honesty.