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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
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.
Syllabus 1. Presentation of the theme and thesis of the disenchantment of the world: from the Weberian heritage of Marcel Gauchet to the historical re-reading of Christianity as a religion of the departure from religion. Repercussions of M. Gauchet's thesis on democratic ideals, as well as on the contradictions of "democracy turned against itself". 2. Disconnection from the world’, from the concept of Weber, taken up by Gauchet, and also from the concepts of alienation of the world and the Earth present in Hannah Arendt's The Human Condition. 3. Senses of the world: borders, migrations, and refugees in the context of globalization. The Arendtian conception of the "right to have rights" rethought in the light of Benhabib's cosmopolitanism; and the "exhaustion" of the "closed (Walzer) versus open (Carens) borders" debate in terms of human rights to emigration, residence, asylum, and nationality.
Main Bibliography ARENDT Hannah, 1958. A Condição Humana. BENHABIB Seyla, Dignity in Adversity. Human Rights in Troubled Times; BENHABIB Seyla, The Rights of Others. Aliens, Residents, and Citizens; CARENS Joseph, “Aliens and Citizens: The Case for Open Bordes”; CARENS Joseph, The Ethics of Migration; GAUCHET Marcel Gauchet, Le désenchantement du monde; GAUCHET Marcel, La démocratie contre elle-même; GAUCHET Marcel, La condition politique; GAUCHET Marcel, La démocratie d'une crise à l'autre; SAMI-ALI [Mahmoud], 1980. O banal; WALZER Michael, Spheres of Justice – A Defence of Pluralism and Equality; WEBER Max, 1905. A Ética Protestante e o Espírito do Capitalismo.
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 8. 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: 2020-02-17

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