POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

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Code
65148
ACADEMIC YEAR
2017/2018
CREDITS
9 credits during the 2nd year of 8455 Philosophy (L-5) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
SPS/01
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Philosophy)
semester
2° Semester

OVERVIEW

The study of political phenomena and of the idea of a well-ordered society has always been one of the central fields of philosophy. The course in political philosophy analyses the classical themes of political philosophy and their enduring relevance for contemporary societies.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will acquire the theoretical tools needed to explore the field of contemporary theories of justice; such theories will be analyzed in their conceptual structure, their lexicon, and their theoretical ascendants, i.e. classics of political philosophy. Students will study in depth one topic of contemporary debate (the role and value of freedom, the nature of political obligation, the meaning of equality, the justification of democracy), thus learning how different theoretical approaches deal with the problem of political justice, and critically discussing the characteristics of each approach.

TEACHING METHODS

Lectures, class discussions.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Models of normative political philosophy. In the first part of the course, the main contemporary theories of political justice will be presented and analyzed, together with their theoretical ascendants, i.e. classics of modern political philosophy.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

S. VECA, La filosofia politica, Bari, Laterza, 2003.
J. RAWLS, Una teoria della giustizia, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2008.


One of the following two:
T. HOBBES, Il Leviatano, Bari, Laterza, 2006 (parti I e II, e cap. XLIII).
J.J. ROUSSEAU, Il contratto sociale, Milano, Rizzoli, 2005 (o qualsiasi altra edizione
integrale).

And one of the following:

G.A. COHEN, Per l'eguaglianza e la giustizia, Roma, L'asino d'oro, 2016.
R. NOZICK, Anarchia, stato e utopia, Milano, Net, 2005.

A. SEN, La diseguaglianza. Un riesame critico, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2010.

M. WALZER, Sfere di giustizia, Bari, Laterza, 2008.

S.M. OKIN, Diritti delle donne e multiculturalismo, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2007.

P. PETTIT, Il repubblicanesimo, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2000.

T. POGGE, Povertà mondiale e diritti umani, Bari, Laterza, 2010.

P. ROSANVALLON, La società dell'uguaglianza, Roma, Castelvecchi, 2013.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: Tuesdays, 11-13 (14-15 from mid-February to the end of April) On appointment, for students who are preparing their dissertation and anybody else who is unable to come on regular office hours.

Exam Board

VALERIA OTTONELLI (President)

MIRELLA PASINI

CARLO PENCO

DANIELE ROLANDO

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Lectures, class discussions.

LESSONS START

20 February 2018

Class schedule

All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral and written exam. 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Oral exam during exam sessions. The oral exam can be partially replaced by a written essay (only for attending students).

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
18/01/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale
18/01/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale
07/02/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale
07/02/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale
07/02/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale
23/05/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale
18/06/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale
04/07/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale
18/07/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale
12/09/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale