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Freedom, Equality and Power: Topics in Political Philosophy

Course
2016-2017

Description

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.
Content: 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.

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, student presentations

Schedule

Rooster

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.

Examination

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

Admission requirements

None

Contact

Instructor: Dr. N. Vrousalis (n.vrousalis@fsw.leidenuniv.nl)