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Seminar on Political Philosophy II

Code 13033
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 7
Workload S(39H)
Scientific area Philosophy
Prerequisites n.a.
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.
- To promote the articulation between the work done by the students and the activities of the Group of Philosophy / Labcom.IFP.
Course unit contents/Syllabus A selection of themes, issues and problems from Political Philosophy will be studied from a research perspective:

1. Philosophical theories of regimes and theories of democracy,
2. Normative categories of political philosophy:
- Dignity, freedom, equality, human rights, justice,
3. Liberalism, its variants and non-liberal political philosophies:
- communitarianism, Marxism, etc.

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, Hebermas, Rawls, Nozick, Strauss, Hayek.
Recommended or required reading Cunningham, Frank, Theories of Democracy. A critical Introduction, Londres, Routledge, 2002
Kymlicka, Will, Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction, Oxford Univ. Press, 2002
Strauss, Leo; Cropsey, Joseph, History of Political Philosophy, University of Chicago Press, 1987
Tanzer, Nicolas, Philosophie Politique, Paris, P.U.F., 1994
Worms, Frédéric, Droits de l'homme et philosophie, Paris, CNRS Éditions, 1993
Planned learning activities and teaching methods The methodology consists of research work adequate to the functioning of the Course Unit in a seminar system:
1. 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.

2. 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 A avaliação é feita mediante um trabalho escrito de investigação individual, com apresentação em aula, sobre um tópico dentro do âmbito geral do Seminário.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2017-05-25

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