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INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

CODE 101399
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8455 FILOSOFIA (L-5) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SPS/01
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    This course aims to provide the students with a basic knowledge of the most important models of political order by analyzing the most relevant theories in the history of Western political thought.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    This course aims to

    • provide the students with a conceptual overview of the main classical and contemporary theories concerning political order and of the most important related concepts (justice, legitimacy, political normativity, inclusion and exclusion);
    • Compare different models of political order and draw their normative implications;
    • Investigate the different argumentative strategies of the main traditions in political philosophy.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Capacity to understand and use some fundamental concepts in political philosophy

    • Legitimacy and political order 
    • Realism vs. idealism
    • Monism vs. institutionalism 
    • Artificial vs natural order 
    • Contract vs. convention 

    Capacity to apply these concepts to the interpretation of the classical texts 

    Capacity to reconstruct the main arguments of the classical texts 

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures will be held in presence, if possible. But students will have the oppurtunity to attend online lectures too (the code to attend classes on Teams platform will be provided here in due course). 

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The most important models of political order will be critically analysed. In particular, the course will investigate the following traditions as competing paradigms: idealism vs realism, artificialism vs naturalism, contractualism vs conventionalism, monism vs. institutionalism. Such investigation will be addressed via the analysis of the political theories of Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Bentham, Mill, and Rawls.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    For all

    • S. Petrucciani, Modelli di filosofia politica, Einaudi
    • J. Rawls, Una teoria della giustizia (§§ 1-40), Feltrinelli

    One among the following

    • Platone, Repubblica (libri 1-4), trad. M. Vegetti, Rizzoli
    • T. Hobbes, Leviatano (parte I-II), Laterza
    • J. Locke, Trattato sul governo (tutto il secondo trattato)
    • D. Hume, Trattato sulla natura umana (libro III), Laterza + J.S. Mill, L’utilitarismo, in La libertà. L’utilitarismo. L’asservimento delle donne, Rizzoli
    • J.-J. Rousseau, Il contratto sociale (qualsiasi edizione recente)

     

    Further suggested readings (not compulsory)

     

    T. Magri, Contratto e convenzione, Roma-Bari, Laterza

    V. Ottonelli, Leggere Rawls, Bologna, Il Mulino

    M. Reichlin, L’utilitarismo, il Mulino

    M. Vegetti, Il potere della verità. Saggi platonici, Carocci  

    S. Veca, Filosofia politica, Roma-Bari, Laterza 2003

     

    The reading list might change before the course begins. 

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    FEDERICO ZUOLO (President)

    CORRADO FUMAGALLI

    MARIA SILVIA VACCAREZZA (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    The starting date will be communicated as soon as possible. 

    EXAMS

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    14/12/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    17/01/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    01/02/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    09/05/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    23/05/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    06/06/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    04/07/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    06/09/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale