Course: Political philosophy

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Course title Political philosophy
Course code KFHS/B130
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šimsa Martin, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1) What is philosophy? What is politics? Topics of research and transformation of political philosophy 2) Questions of ancient political philosophy: Socrates, Plato: philosophy, justice and political power 3) Questions of ancient political philosophy: Aristotle: community, justice, good, types of establishment 4) Questions of medieval political philosophy: Augustine, Aquinas, Occam, Marsilius of Padua: Philosophy and theology, the earthly community and the community of God 5) The question of freedom in modern political philosophy: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant 6) Social contract theory: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant 7) Different forms of liberalism: Hobbes, Locke, Kant, J. S. Mill 8) Philosophy of history and political philosophy: Hegel, Kant 9) Marx, Marxism and critical theory: Marx, Horkheimer, Adorno, Habermas, Honneth 10) Philosophical rejection of liberalism and democracy: Nietzsche, Carl Schmitt 11) Liberal theory of democracy: Schumpeter, Popper, Rawls, Nozick 12) Republican theory of democracy: Arendt, Barber, Pettit 13) Deliberative and agonistic theories of democracy: Habermas, Cohen, Mouffe, Chomsky

Learning activities and teaching methods
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Learning outcomes
Introduction to the basic issues of the relationship between philosophy and politics, freedom, justice, social contract, liberalism, democracy and republicanism. Discussion of methods, theories, interrelationships between them, their evaluation and critique.
Orientation in basic texts of political and philosophical theories. Knowledge of ways of their study. Ability to name their advantages and disadvantages.
Passing subjects of History of Philosophy I-III

Assessment methods and criteria
Papers in the seminar At least 70% participation in the seminar Oral examination
Recommended literature
  • Arendt. O revoluci. Praha, 2012.
  • Aristoteles. Politika. Praha, 1998.
  • Habermas, Shapiro. Teorie demokracie dnes. Praha, 2002.
  • Hobbes. Leviathan. Praha, 2010.
  • Kant. Studie k dějinám a politice. Praha, 2013.
  • Locke. Druhé pojednání o vládě. Praha, 1992.
  • Platón. Ústava. Praha, 2017.
  • Rousseau, J. J. O společenské smlouvě. Praha, 2002.
  • Schumpeter. Kapitalismus, socialismus a demokracie. Brno, 2004.

Study plans that include the course
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