Modern Political Philosophy: 19th century

Course Information
TitleΝεότερη Πολιτική Φιλοσοφία II: 19ος αιώνας / Modern Political Philosophy: 19th century
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorNikolaos Sevastakis
Course ID100001045

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The aims are: -to give students a grasp of a body of political thought in a crucial moment of historical and social changes for the formation of democratic modernity -to help students understand the transformation of political theories in the shadow of great symbolic events such as the French and American Revolution.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course introduces students to the main currents of post-Enlightenment political thought. The purpose of the course is to explore the formulation of crucial political arguments and movements such as Liberalism, Conservatism and radical socialism. The period under examination is mainly the 18th and 19th centuries. Starting from the French Revolution we follow the broader implications of the event but also the ambiguous legacy of the radical egalitarian imagination. The core section of this course encompasses those theorists who contributed to the elucidation of political modernity such as Hegel, Constant, Tocqueville, Marx and J.S. Mill. Week 1. The transition to the period of liberal Modernity. Conceptual changes and theoretical reflections. Introduction to the age of political Enlightenment. Week 2. The fundamental political-theoretical consequences of the French and American Revolutions. Week 3. Abbe Sieyes, the “Declaration of the Rights of Men and Citizen”. Jacobinism and political thought. Week 4. The“Federalist Papers” and the political thought of the Founding Fathers in America Week 5. The discourse of Reaction and the formation of conservative political idea. Edmund Burke and Joseph de Maistre. The critic of juridical and contractual modernity. Week 6. The idea of Nation and the problem of Universalism. (Kant, Hegel, Fichte) Week 7. The liberalism during the Napoleonic and Restauration regime. Particularities of the French liberalism. The group of ‘Les Doctrinnaires’ and the liberalism of capabilities (Guizot, Remusat. Barante) Week 8. The liberty of the moderns and the critique of neoclassical republicanism. Benjamin Constant and the liberalism of Judgment. Week 9. Alexis de Tocqueville and the new conception of democracy towards the egalitarian norm. Week 10. Positivism and politics. Conservative and socialist features of social cooperation. Week 11. The radical contestation of “formal democracy”. The Marxian idea of social emancipation and its complications. Week 12. The theoretical turn to problems of the “rational, legal state”. From Marx to Weber. Week 13. Final recapitulation. Chosen topics for discussion.
Revolution, Reaction, conservatism, liberalism
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment552
Written assigments431.6
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Bruce Haddock. Ιστορία της πολιτικης σκέψης από το 1789 μέχρι σήμερα, Αθήνα, Πατάκης, 2009.
Additional bibliography for study
Ρουσσώ, Το κοινωνικό συμβόλαιο, Αθήνα, Πόλις. Mαρά, Σεν Ζυστ, Ροβεσπιέρρος, Κείμενα, Αθήνα, Σύγχρονη Εποχή Κοντορσέ, Σχεδίασμα για έναν ιστορικό πίνακα των προόδων του ανθρώπινου πνεύματος, Αθήνα, Πόλις, 2006 Ντε Μαιστρ, Ζοζέφ, Κατά της Γαλλικής Επαναστάσεως, Αθήνα, Καστανιώτης, 1999 Constant, Benjamin, Περί ελευθερίας και ελευθεριών, Θεσσαλονίκη, Ζήτρος Τοcqueville, Alexis, de, Η δημοκρατία στην Αμερική, Στοχαστής. Τοcqueville, Alexis, de, Το παλαιό καθεστώς και η Επανάσταση, Αθήνα, Πόλις, 2006. Μιλ, Τζον, Στιούαρτ, Περί ελευθερίας, Επίκουρος. Immanuel Kant, Δοκίμια, Δωδώνη, 1971. Hirshmann, Albert, Τhe rhetoric of Reaction, Cambridge, 1991 Burke, Edmund, Reflections on the Revolution of France, Indianapolis, 1992. Ιsaiah Berlin, Τρεις κριτικοί του Διαφωτισμού. Vico, Hamman, Herder, Αθήνα, Κριτική, 2002.
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