HISTORY OF POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
In-depth knowledge of political thought about peace and of its connections with the corresponding historical and political contexts.
Analysis and comprehension of classical political texts.
Critical evaluation and comparison of different interpretations of the texts.
Discussion of contemporary problems using methodologies and techniques elaborated by the philosophical and political traditions.
Writing of papers about political thought and political problems.
Course contents summary
The first lessons deal with the definitions of the concept of Pacifism.
The second part of the course focuses on the history of ideas about peace during the first half of the 20th century.
The third part discusses the problem of war in the last 40 years.
The fourth part explores the development and problems of democratic States in the last twenty years.
A. Castelli, Il discorso sulla pace in europa (1900-1945) FrancoAngeli 2015. N. Bobbio, Il problema della guerra e le vie della pace, Il Mulino (numerose edizioni). G. Pontara, Quale pace?, Mimesis, 2016. Books by Bobbio and Pontara are not to be bought by every student.
During the lessons we will read and comment on some passages by some autors.
Students can also submit reports on topics agreed upon with the teacher.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam will consist of an oral interview.