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History of Political Ideas

Code 15446
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Ciência Política
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes 1. To offer a comprehensive overview of the History of Political Ideas.
2. To motivate the direct contact with fundamental works and documents in the history of political thought.
3. To develop the critical and analytical capacity.
4. To stimulate the discussion of ideas among students.
Syllabus 1.Introduction to the syllabus.
2. The birth of "philosophy". Pericles and the eulogy to democracy. Plato and Aristotle: laws and regimes.
3. Magna Carta (1215): the ideas of the common law and the rule of law, the privilege and the idea of freedom.
4. Machiavelli (1469-527): politics as science, republicanism and virtue.
5. Hobbes (1588-679): contractualism, sovereignty, representation.
6. Locke (1632-704): limited government and tolerance - confrontation with More (1478-535) and Voltaire (1694-78).
7. Vico (1668-44) and Montesquieu (1689-755): the new science, the mores, the "climat" and the separation of powers.
8. The American Revolution (1774-91), the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Federalist Papers (1787-88).
9. Rousseau (1712-1778), Sieyès (1748-1836) and Constant (1767-1830): social contract, popular sovereignty and general will.
10. Burke (1729-97), Hamann (1730-88) and Herder (1744-803): counter-Enlightenment and Romanticism.
11. Tocqueville and S. Mill: democracy
Main Bibliography - Berlin, I. (coord) (1997). Against the Current: Essays in the History of Ideas, London, Pimlico.
- Rosas, J, C. (2020). História da Filosofia Política, Lisboa: Editorial Presença.
- Skinner, Q, (1978). Foundations of Modern Political Thought, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Strauss, L.; Joseph, C.(eds.) (1987). History of Political Philosophy, Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
- Touchard, J. (1997). História das Ideias Políticas, Lisboa, Europa-América, 1997
- Voegelin, E. (1997/99). History of Political Ideas. Columbia, University of Missouri Press.
Other specific bibliography to be indicated during classes and made available on Moodle.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-02-22

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