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Freedom, Equality and Power: Topics in Political Philosophy



The course will cover contemporary debates on the two concepts of liberty, on the feminist and the three-dimensional theory of power, on justice as fairness, and on neo-republicanism.

Course Objectives

To introduce students to the fundamental concepts of political science: freedom, equality, and power. By the end of the course students should have a deeper understanding of the fundamental concepts of political science and the ability to think well about them.

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, student presentations



Study Material

Berlin, I. (2002), Liberty, Oxford.
Callinicos, A. (2000), Equality, Polity.
Cohen, G.A. (2011), On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice, Princeton.
Dworkin, R. (2000), Sovereign Virtue, Harvard.
Gosepath, S. (2007), ‘Equality’, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Kymlicka, W. (2002), Contemporary Political Philosophy, Oxford.
Lukes, S. (2005), Power: A Radical View. Routledge.
MacKinnon, K. (1987). Feminism Unmodified. Harvard.
Miller, D. (2006), The Liberty Reader, Edinburgh.
Miller, D. (2007), National Responsibility and Global Justice. Oxford.
Miller, R. (2010), Globalizing Justice. Oxford.
Okin, S.M. (1989), Justice, Gender and the Family, Basic books.
Pettit, P. (1999). Republicanism. Oxford.
Piketty, T. (2014), Capital in the 21st Century. Harvard.
Rawls, J. (1971), A Theory of Justice, Harvard.
Sen, A. (1979), Inequality Reexamined, Oxford.
Swift, A. (2006), Political Philosophy: A Beginner’s Guide, Polity.
Temkin, L. (1993), Inequality, Oxford.

Assessment method

10% participation, 20% class presentation, 70% essay (up to 4000 words)

Admission requirements



Instructor: Dr. N. Vrousalis (