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School of Economics and Political Science
POLITICAL SCIENCES, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Course unit
POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
SPL1000485, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SCIENZE POLITICHE, STUDI INTERNAZIONALI, GOVERNO DELLE AMMINISTRAZIONI
SP1843, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track STORIA E POLITICA INTERNAZIONALE [003PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge LUCA BASSO SPS/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/01 Political Philosophy 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 65 160.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Prerequisites: No special prerequisites are required for exams taken, but knowledge of modern and contemporary history and of history of political thought is assumed.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to make students acquire the methodological tools and the analytical capacity, to understand the historical sense, the argumentative structure and the philosophical implications of the theses supported on fundamental themes of political reflection.
Examination methods: The assessment will take place in oral form, as an interview on the topics of the course.
For the students it will be possible to make oral expositions and / or prepare essays written on specific subjects, which for the purposes of the final exam will be taken into consideration as a deepening of the topics covered in the course.
Assessment criteria: The assessment of the student's preparation will be based on the understanding of the topics developed, on the acquisition of the concepts and methodologies proposed and on the capacity for argumentation and reasoning.
Course unit contents: Title: Democracy. Between political obligation and transformation practices

Module 1. Democracy and modernity
a) "Democracy of the ancients" and "modern democracy"? Between history and conceptual analysis;
b) Modern contractualism: individual subject and collective subject;
c) Rousseau: the general will;
d) Rousseau: The Legislator and the customs;
e) Rousseau: democracy as the sovereignty of the people and democracy as a form of government;
f) Sieyès and the French Revolution: the will of the people and representative will;
g) Tocqueville and nineteenth-century society. Between leveling and individualism.

Module 2. Critique of the capitalist system and social emancipation
a) From the political revolution to the social revolution;
b) Marx: democracy and criticism of politics;
c) Marx: 1848;
d) Marx: the Paris Commune as "economical emancipation of labour";
e) The age of imperialism between anti-democratic ideologies and the labour movement;
f) Democracy in "the short century". Between form-state and social achievements;
g) Today's crisis of democracy. A people that cannot be found?

In addition to the lecture notes, attending students will have to take the parts of the works indicated in the "Reference texts" (with related editions and pages) to the examination.
Non-attending students must bring, in addition to the parts of the books specified for attending students, the parts of the texts that are indicated for the non-attending students in the "Reference texts" (with related editions and pages) to the examination.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching will be divided into lectures and seminars with active participation of students, and then enhancing the capacity for argumentation and critical analysis. Due to the complexity of the topics covered in the course, if possible, the frequency is strongly recommended.
Additional notes about suggested reading: At the Copy Center of the SPGI Department, a booklet will be available containing all parts, to be taken to the examination, of the reference texts for attending students.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Giuseppe Duso, Introduzione, in G. Duso (a cura), Oltre la democrazia. Un itinerario attraverso i classici. Roma: Carocci, 2004. pp. 9-29 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Il contratto sociale (1762). Torino: Einaudi, 1996. I-III, pp. 7-136 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Joseph-Emmanuel Sieyès, Che cos'è il Terzo Stato? (1789), in J.-E. Sieyès, Opere e testimonianze politiche. Tomo I. Scritti editi. Volume primo. Milano: trad. it. Giuffré, 1993. I-III, V-VI, pp. 209-233, 252-288 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Alexis de Tocqueville, La democrazia in America (1835-1840). Milano: trad. it. Rizzoli (o altra ed.), 1999. Introduzione, Parte seconda: I-IV, Parte quarta: I-VII, pp. 19-30, 511-522, 705-743 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bronislaw Baczko, Giobbe amico mio. Promesse di felicità e fatalità del male (1997). Roma: trad. it. il manifestolibri, 1999. XIII, XV, pp. 245-260, 281-312 SOLO PER I NON-FREQUENTANTI ONLY FOR NON-ATTENDANTS Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pierre Rosanvallon, La società dell’uguaglianza (2011). Roma: trad. it. Castelvecchi, 2013. II, 1-2, pp. 85-118 SOLO PER I NON-FREQUENTANTI ONLY FOR NON-ATTENDANTS Cerca nel catalogo
  • Reinhart Koselleck, Futuro passato. Per una semantica dei tempi storici (1979). Genova: trad. it. Marietti (o altra ed.), 1986. pp. 55-72 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Karl Marx, La questione ebraica (1844). Roma: trad. it. Editori Riuniti (o altra ed.), 1996. pp. 3-47 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Karl Marx, Le lotte di classe in Francia dal 1848 al 1850 (1850). Roma: trad. it. Editori Riuniti (o altra ed.), 1992. I, pp. 3-39 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Karl Marx, La guerra civile in Francia (1871). Roma: trad. it. Editori Riuniti (o altra ed.), 1990. III, pp. 31-53 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Karl Marx, Critica al programma di Gotha (1875). Roma: trad. it. Editori Riuniti (o altra ed.), 1990. pp. 7-36 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pierre Rosanvallon, La società dell’uguaglianza (2011). Roma: trad. it. Castelvecchi, 2013. II. 4-5, pp. 138-166 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Eric J. Hobsbawm, Il secolo breve. 1914/1991 (1994). Milano: trad. it. Rizzoli, 1997. Introduzione, Cap. X, pp. 13-30, 339-376 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sadri Khiari, Popolo e terzo stato, in AA. VV., Che cos’è un popolo? (2013). Roma: trad. it. DeriveApprodi, 2014. pp. 95-111 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Jacques Rancière, L'introvabile populismo, in AA. VV., Che cos’è un popolo? (2013). Roma: trad. it. DeriveApprodi, 2014. pp. 113-118 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Luca Basso, Il problema della democrazia nel giovane Marx. Rivista "Paradosso": Il Poligrafo, 2001. pp. 59-81 SOLO PER I NON-FREQUENTANTI ONLY FOR NON-ATTENDANTS Cerca nel catalogo
  • Luca Basso, Agire in comune. Antropologia e politica nell'ultimo Marx. Verona: ombre corte, 2012. Introduzione, IV, pp. 7-11, 157-214 SOLO PER I NON-FREQUENTANTI ONLY FOR NON-ATTENDANTS Cerca nel catalogo

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  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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