History of Political Thought [Sede VR]
Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
SPS/02 - HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT
1 B dal Nov 15, 2021 al Jan 12, 2022.
The course aims at providing examples of the contribution that History of political doctrines can give to the critical comprehension of political problems of current affairs. At the end of the course, students will have to prove that they: - accurately know the subjects of the program, - are able to expose them in a consequential and concise way, - have acquired independent judgement.
Capital Realism: Marx, the Big Other and us
Course content (for both attending and non-attending students):
1. Firstly, by focusing on classical political philosophers of modernity (Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Hegel, Karl Marx) the course will investigate the main political doctrines that shaped politics in modern State (absolutism, liberalism, democracy, socialism).
2. Secondly - through Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Slavoj Žižek and Mark Fisher - the course will analyze how marxist theories and psychoanalysis allow a radical critique of modern and contemporary political thought, by showing the economic and imaginary foundation of societal bonds.
In particular the figure of the Big Other, as theorized by Žižek and Fisher, will shed light on the lies that structure our neoliberal present. While ecological crisis, depression, bureaucratization of life, and even Covid-19 pandemic will be considered as symptoms that open new possibilities for the future.
Lectures based on reading and interpretation of the texts and discussions
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For both attending and non-attending students: oral exam (from January to September 2022).
The students are required to bring the readings at the exam.
The evaluation will be based on:
- pertinence of the answers,
- consequentiality of the arguments,
- ability to think in a personal and independent way.