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Contemporary Political Thought

Code 12289
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 7
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Ciência Política
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Mode of delivery face-to-face
Work placements n.a.
Learning outcomes The general and main objective of this course unit consists in presenting and discussing the theoretical paradigms and the problematics of the political thought, especially 20th century onwards.
Specifics Objectives:
1. Acquiring knowledge of the conceptual matrices of contemporary political thought;
2. To apprehend the solutions presented by the different approaches of contemporary political thought to problems inherent in social and political reality (domestic and international);
3. To produce specialized and autonomous reflection around themes and problems of contemporary political thought;
4. To acquire high level skills related to the knowledge of documentary sources and bibliographical research in the area of contemporary political thought.

At the end of the Course the student should be able to: 1) problematize questions; 2) know how to develop, in an original and grounded form, hypotheses of interpretation and theoretical criticism; 3) apply the contents acquired to the study of the contemporary political situation.

Syllabus 1. Introduction: Paradigms of Contemporary Political Thought;
2. Liberalism: egalitarian versus libertarian;
3. Communitarianism: moderate versus radical;
4. Democracy: deliberative versus radical;
5. Post-Marxism and Postmodernism.
6. Marxism and anti-globalization.
Main Bibliography André, J.G.; Santos, J. M.; e Dias, B. P. (2015). Teorias Políticas Contemporâneas. Lisboa: Documenta.
Cabrita, M. J. (2014). Utopia Realista. Lisboa: Fonte da Palavra.
Cabrita, M. J. (2018). “Michael Walzer: a diferenciação e complexidade do “eu”. In Col. Lusosofia: Estudos e Artigos. Covilhã: UBI.
Habermas, J. (1997). Direito e Democracia. Entre Facticidade e Validade, Vol. II. Rio de Janeiro: Tempo Brasileiro, [1992].
Hardt, M.; Negri, A. (2001). Império, 2ª Ed., Rio de Janeiro: Editora Record. [2000].
Kukathas, C.; Pettit, P. (1995). Rawls «Uma Teoria da Justiça» e os seus Críticos. Lisboa: Gradiva.. [1990].
Mouffe, C. (1996). O Regresso do Político. Lisboa: Gradiva. [1993].
Mouffe, C. (2005). “Por um Modelo Agonístico da Democracia”. Revista de Sociologia e Política (25:11-23).
Negri, A. (2009). “Para uma Definição Ontológica da Multidão”. In Lugar Comum (19/20: 15-26). [2002].
Nozick, R. (2009). Anarquia, Estado e Utopia. Lisboa: Edições 70, [1974].
Rawls, J. (1993).Uma Teoria da Justiça. Lisboa: Editorial Presença, [1971].
Rosas, J. C. (2008). Manual de Filosofia Política, Lisboa: Almedina, 2008.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Available in:
Taylor, C. (1994). “Politics of Recognition”. In A. Gutmman, Multiculturalism (25-73). UK: Princeton University Press.
Taylor, C. (2009). A Ética da Autenticidade. Lisboa: Edições 70, [1991].
Walzer, M. (1999). As Esferas da Justiça. Lisboa: Editorial Presença, [1983].
Other documents available on the .moodle platform.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria
- Theoretical and practical classes, using the PowerPoints made available by the professor on the platform.
- The texts will be read and discussed in the course of the sessions.
- Students should read the texts in advance and prepare reading sheets.
- At each session, a student will be assigned a report to be presented at the next session.

- Written work with oral presentation (75%) + Active participation through presentation of reading sheets and requested reports (25%).
- Students dispense exam with 10 values, and are admitted to the exam with a minimum classification of 6 values.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-02-24

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