Political Philosophy - Introduction to Political Philosophy

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The course aims to offer a critical perspective regarding some recurrent and pivotal questions of classical and contemporary political philosophy. Through the study of some fudamental texts of philosophical and political thought, embracing a genealogical approach, the course investigates the ways in which the form of collective living has been thought and is thought, power has been thought and is thought and above all the relationship between power and subjectivity.

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The course aims to provide students with the conceptual tools to address the theoretical foundations of debates in classical and contemporary political philosophy. The authors covered in this course introduce categories without whose knowledge it is impossible to interpret  contemporary philosophical texts, as well as the events and dynamics that characterise our time.

Bibliographical references

Platone, La Repubblica

T. Hobbes, Leviatano

I. Kant, Delle diverse razze di uomini, in I. Kant, Scritti di storia, politica e diritto, Roma-Bari, Laterza

H. Arendt, Le origini del totalitarismo, Torino, Einaudi

M. Foucault, Bisogna difendere la società, Milano, Feltrinelli

S. Petrucciani, Modelli di filosofia politica, Torino, Einaudi