HISTORY OF POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
In-depth knowledge of Anarchism and Socialism, 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.
Knowledge of contemporary history and of the main topics of the contemporary political thought.
Course contents summary
The first lessons deal with the definitions of the concepts of Anarchism and Socialism.
The second part of the course focuses on Simone Weil's political thought in the '30s.
The third part discusses the problem of freedom and oppression during the last 40 years.
The fourth part explores the development and problems of democratic States in the last twenty years.
Socialist political thought from Marx to the Russian Revolution.
Classical Anarchism from Proudhon to Kropotkin.
Simone Weil political thought, its critiques to marxism and its relation with the libertarians.
S. Weil, Riflessioni sulle cause della libertà e dell'oppressione sociale, Milano, Adelphi, 1983 (numerose ristrampe successive)
M. Larizza, Stato e potere nell'anarchismo, a cura di M. Ceretta, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2010.
B. Bongiovanni, Pstfazione in K. Marx - F. Engels, Il manifesto del partito comunista, Torino, Einaudi, 1998..
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.