HISTORY OF POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
In-depth knowledge of Enlightenment, 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 modern history and of the main topics of the political thought.
Course contents summary
The first lessons deal with the political thought of Enlightenment.
The second part of the course focuses on Rousseau.
The third part discusses the problem of freedom and oppression during the last 40 years.
The fourth part explores the topic of Enlightement in the contemporary society.
Political thought of Enlightenment, the Social contract by Rousseau, the Heritage of enlightenment and its value in contemporary society.
E. Tortarolo, Il pensiero politico del movimento illuminista europeo, in Il pensiero politico dell'età moderna, Torino, UTET, 1999.
J.J. Rousseau, Il contratto sociale, Milano, Feltrinelli
T. Todorov, Lo spirito dell'Illuminismo, Milano, Garzanti
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.