History of political thought
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to provide students with a critical awareness of some fundamental concepts of ancient and modern western political thought.
Prerequisites are not required
Course contents summary
The course will analyse some of the main concepts in the ancient and modern Western political thought, by the study of the most significant authors and with particular regard to reflections on democracy and on tolerance, freedom of thought and speech.
Liberty and Democracy in the ancient thought. Tolerance in the early and modern cristian Tohught. Hobbes: natural Liberty and political Liberty. Liberty by the Law: Locke. Tolerance and Liberty. Liberty by the Constitution: Montesquieu. Rousseau: Liberty as partecipation. Constant: Liberty of the Ancients compared with that of the Moderns. Liberty and Democracy: the Public Opinion
1) E. Greblo, Democrazia, Il Mulino, Bologna 2000
2) M.L. Lanzillo, Tolleranza, Il Mulino, Bologna 2001
3) M. Barberis, Libertà, Il Mulino, Bologna 1999.
4) M.L. Lanzillo, (a cura), Libertà, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2008.
5) G. Bedeschi, Opinione pubblica, in Enciclopedia delle Scienze Sociali, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana Giovanni Treccani, Rome 1998, pp. 359-367.
The bibliography is the same for non-attending students.
Frontal lessons, during which will be analysed parts of the main classic texts of the political thought.
Assessment methods and criteria
The examination consists in 3 questions on 3 different topics. Each question will be focused on the comprehension of the subject-matte. Each question will be assigned a value of 10/30