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Seminar on Political Philosophy II

Code 13033
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 7
Workload OT(5H)/S(40H)
Scientific area Philosophy
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Mode of delivery face-to-face.
Work placements none.
Learning outcomes General objective:
1. Demonstrate mastery of a thematic area of Political Philosophy, and of related key categories, from a research perspective. It is part of this objective to acquaint the Ph.D. student with recent research results.
Specific objectives:
2. To enable the doctoral candidate for in-depth philosophical reflection on the relationship between political philosophy and 'disenchantment' / sense(s) of the world;
3. To guide students in pertinent bibliography and train them for research in the area;
4. Enable the student to write a paper on a concrete question of political philosophy.
1st Half of the Semester (Maria João Cabrita)

Justice, poverty, and migration

1. Metrics of justice: resources, capabilities, welfare.
2. Inequality and poverty
3. Poverty and migration

2nd Half of the Semester (António Bento)

1. What is Political Philosophy?
2. On the uses of language in politics and the fictional character of concepts in Political Philosophy
3. The primacy of appearance in political fiction and how in response to it political judgements are formed political judgements
4. Approximations to the concept/slogan "neoliberalism"
Main Bibliography Bento, A., “Leo Strauss: Filosofia Política e Arte de Escrever”, in Teorias Políticas Contemporâneas, coordenação e organização de José Gomes André, José Manuel Santos e Bruno Peixe Dias, Editora Documenta, Lisboa, 2015, pp. 421-444.
Cabrita, M. J., “Migração & Pobreza: em nome do mínimo de dignidade humana”. M. J. Cabrita e J. M. Santos (ed.), Direitos Humanos e Migrações, Covilhã: Editora LabCom.Ifp, Coleção TA PRAGMATA, 2019: 125-145.
Rawls, J., A Theory of Justice. Revised Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999 (§. 11; §. 15; §. 60).
Sen, A., “Concepts of Poverty”. Poverty and Famines. An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981: 9-23.
Strauss, L., “What is political Philosophy’” e “On classical political philosophy”, in What is Political Philosophy, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London, 1988, pp. 9-55 e pp. 78-94.

Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Reading and the previous study of indicated and provided texts, joint and in-depth analysis of excerpts, oral presentations, critical and reflective commentary, both personal and based on secondary authors, and debate, dialogue, questioning, some short oral presentations (10-15 minutes) by doctoral students on precise points.
The evaluation is done by means of an individual written research paper (15-20 pp.) on a topic within the general scope of the Seminar, to be delivered by February 11. The three professors will evaluate all the works, giving a score of 0-20, which will be added and divided by 3, a result that will translate the final classification. In this UC there is no final exam.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-03-03

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