Philosophies of Freedom

Course Information
TitleΦιλοσοφίες της Ελευθερίας / Philosophies of Freedom
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorAlexandros Kioupkiolis
Course ID100001324

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīma Politikṓn Epistīmṓn 2023-sīmera

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesSpring-4

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • French (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Comprehension and critical assessemtn of key approaches to the concept of freedom in modern philosophy. Development of analytical and critical, argumentative skills in relevant topics.
General Competences
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course explores different accounts of freedom in the philosophy of Marx, in classical and modern liberalism (I.Kant, J.St. Mill, I.Berlin), in modern critical thought (C. Castoriadis, M. Foucault) and in the contemporary theory of social movements (M. Hardt, A. Negri, R. Day, S. Newman). It identifies three key different approaches. The first one assumes the existence of a fixed human nature and objective, universal truths in science, ethics, politics and history. Its understanding of freedom is grounded in these truths. The second foregrounds the negative liberty of individuals to act as they will unimpeded by external obstacles, and the third construes freedom as the power to question established truths and to create society and the self in an active, reflective manner. The course will examine the various epistemological, social and other assumptions of these interpretations of freedom and it will discuss their political implications for the contemporary thought and practice of freedom.
freedom, agonism
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Assessment of the extent and the depth of understanding of the theories under consideration. Assessment of ability to develop critical arguments on the topics under consideration.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Αϊζάια Μπερλίν, Τέσσερα δοκίμια περί ελευθερίας, Scripta, 2001. 2. Κ. Καστοριάδης, Ανθρωπολογία, πολιτική, φιλοσοφία, Ύψιλον, 1993
Additional bibliography for study
1. Κ. Μαρξ, Φ. Ένγκελς, Η Γερμανική Ιδεολογία, Gutenberg, 1989 2. K. Mαρξ, Φ. Ένγκελς, Το μανιφέστο του κομμουνιστικού κόμματος, Θεμέλιο, 1999 3. Ι. Καντ, Κριτική του πρακτικού λόγου, Εστία, 2009 4. Ι. Καντ, Τα θεμέλια της μεταφυσικής των ηθών, Δωδώνη, 1984 5. Τζ. Στ. Μιλλ, Περί ελευθερίας, Επίκουρος, 1983 6. K. Kαστοριάδης, Η φαντασιακή θέσμιση της κοινωνίας, Ράππας, 1985 7. Μ. Φουκώ, Τι είναι διαφωτισμός; Έρασμος, 1988 8. Μ. Χαρντ, Α. Νέγκρι, Πλήθος, Αλεξάνδρεια, 2011 9. R. Day, Το τέλος της ηγεμονίας, Ελευθεριακή Κουλτούρα, 2008
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