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INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

CODE 101399
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
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. 

    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

    Reading list for attending students  

    • J. Rawls, Una teoria della giustizia (§§ 1-40), Feltrinelli

    a text 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)

     

    Reading list for non attending students: 

    • J. Rawls, Una teoria della giustizia (§§ 1-40), Feltrinelli

    one text 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. [Se scelti i testi di Hume e Mill dovranno essere portati congiuntamente all'esame]
    • J.-J. Rousseau, Il contratto sociale (qualsiasi edizione recente)

    and the chapters of these authors in the following handbook: 

    O. Guaraldo, A. Salvatore, F. Zuolo (a cura di), Manuale di filosofia politica. Dai sofisti a Arendt, Quodlibet 2022 

     

    Reading the following handbook is advisable, not compulsory, for all students: O. Guaraldo, A. Salvatore, F. Zuolo (a cura di), Manuale di filosofia politica. Dai sofisti a Arendt.  

     

    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

    VALERIA OTTONELLI (Substitute)

    MARIA SILVIA VACCAREZZA (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    II semester

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral examination 

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    14/12/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    18/01/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    01/02/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    10/05/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    24/05/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    07/06/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    05/07/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    05/09/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale