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Seminar on Political Philosophy I

Code 13029
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 15
Workload OT(4H)/S(39H)
Scientific area Philosophy
Mode of delivery face-to-face.
Work placements none.
Objectives and Learning outcomes of the Course Unit The general and main objective of this Course Unit is to achieve an in-depth domain of the thematic area of Political Philosophy, its fundamental categories and theoretical problems, from a research perspective. It is part of this objective to acquaint the doctoral student with the latest results of research in this area.

Specific objectives:
- To qualify the doctorate for deep philosophical reflection in the field of political philosophy.
- To know and problematize the state of the art in political philosophy.
- To guide the students in the bibliography and to enable them for bibliographic research in the area of political philosophy.
- Enable the student to write a paper on a problem of political philosophy.
- Discuss the research he does in political philosophy in oral and written form.
Course unit contents/Syllabus From a research perspective, a selection of themes, issues and problems from Political Philosophy will be studied:

1. What is political philosophy?
1.1. Characterization of political philosophy, namely in its relation with other disciplines of practical philosophy - moral philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophical anthropology;
1.2. Key Categories of Political Philosophy: Politics and Policies, Power and Sovereignty, Individual and Community, State and Government.
2. The concept of State and its problems
2.1. Origin, legitimacy / illegitimacy, justification and criticism of the State;
2.2. Functions and types of state (liberal state, social state, wellfare state, total state, "minimum state");
2.3. State and civil society.

The study will use the interpretation of texts by the following authors:
- Classics: Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Espinoza, Locke, Rousseau, Stuart Mill, Kant, Tocqueville, Marx
- Contemporaries: Arendt, Schmitt, Strauss, Hayek, Hebermas, Rawls, Foucault, Nozick.
Recommended or required reading Kymlicka, Will, Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction, Oxford Univ. Press, 2002
Sibertin-Blanc, Guillaume, Philosophie politique. XIXème-XXème siècles, Paris, P.U.F., 2008 [livro exclusivamente centrado no conceito de Estado]
Strauss. Leo, What is Political Philosophy? And oder Studies, University of Chicago Press, 1988
Strauss, Leo; Cropsey, Joseph, History of Political Philosophy, University of Chicago Press, 1987
Tanzer, Nicolas, Philosophie Politique, Paris, P.U.F., 1994
Planned learning activities and teaching methods The methodology consists of research work adequate to the functioning of the Course Unit in a seminar system:

there will be reading and prior study of the texts, joint re-reading of excerpts, oral expositions, critical and reflexive commentary, either personal or based on secondary authors, discussion, dialogue, questioning, some oral expositions of doctoral students on a precise point.

In each year, only a selection of topics, issues or problems of Political Philosophy within the scope of the mentioned programmatic contents may be studied in more depth. Assessment is done through written individual research work on a topic within the general scope of the Seminar.
Assessment methods and criteria -- Atividades de Ensino-Aprendizagem e Metodologias:

A metodologia será trabalho de investigação própria de regime de Seminário: haverá leitura e estudo prévio dos textos, releitura conjunta e aprofundada de trechos, exposições orais, comentário crítico e reflexivo, quer pessoal quer com base em autores secundários, discussão, diálogo, questionamento, algumas exposições orais dos doutorandos sobre pontos precisos.


-- Métodos e Critérios de Avaliação:

A avaliação é feita mediante um trabalho escrito de investigação individual (15-20 pp., cuja temática deve ser escolhida até ao fim de novembro) sobre um tópico dentro do âmbito geral do Seminário, a entregar até 8 de fevereiro. Os três docentes avaliarão todos os trabalhos, darão uma nota de 0-20, as quais serão somadas e divididas por 3, resultado que traduzirá a classificação final. Nesta UC não há Exame.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2017-05-25

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