Modern Political Theory and Philosophy

Course Information
TitleΝεώτερη Πολιτική Θεωρία και Φιλοσοφία / Modern Political Theory and Philosophy
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorNikolaos Sevastakis
Course ID600016235

Programme of Study: Political Theory

Registered students: 11
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course1110

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction)
Learning Outcomes
The course aims to deepen student’s understanding of the issues of modern political theory and philosophical foundations of our modernity. The course aims, also, to develop the abilities of participants to engage in argument about a broad range of issues relating to democracy, civil society, state/ society relation, liberal order and social emancipation.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course familiarize students with some crucial features of the post-Enlightenment, 19th century. Our approach will involve a reflection on a number of questions including Hegelian political theory, French liberalism, utilitarianism, Spencerian anti-statism and Marxian radical critiques of politics. In addition, the course will focus on patterns of antidemocratic thought in late modernity.
civil society, state, german idealism, french liberalism, utilitarian tradition, marx, romanticism and conservative thought.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment552
Written assigments1104
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Μπινός, Μπερτράν, Τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα, Αθήνα, Πατάκης, 1999. Manent, Pierre, Απλά μαθήματα πολιτικής φιλοσοφίας, Αθήνα, Πόλις, 2005 Groethuisen, B. Η φιλοσοφία της γαλλικής Επανάστασης, Αθήνα, Κάλβος, 1985. Sternell, Zeev, Ο Αντιδιαφωτισμός, Αθήνα, Πόλις, 2008. 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. Μαρξ, Καρλ, το εβραϊκό ζήτημα, Οδυσσέας, Αθήνα, 2006. Κονδύλης, Παναγιώτης, Αντίδραση, Παλινόρθωση, Ίνδικτος, Αθήνα, 2001. Κονδύλης Παναγιώτης, Ο συντηρητισμός, Ιστορικό περιεχόμενο και παρακμή, Πανεπιστημιακές εκδόσεις Κρήτης, 2015. Picon, Antoine, Οι σαινσιμονιστές: ορθός λόγος, φαντασιακό, ουτοπία, Πολιτιστικό Ίδρυμα της Τράπεζας Πειραιώς, 2007. Ηegel, G.W.F, Φιλοσοφία του δικαίου, Νομική Βιβλιοθήκη, 2012 Popper, Karl, Η ανοιχτή κοινωνία και οι εχθροί της. Hegel, Μarx και τα επακόλουθα, Δωδώνη, 1982.
Additional bibliography for study
Auguste Comte, Early Political Writings, Cambridge University Press, 1998. [Βιβλιοθήκη νεότερης και σύγχρονης Ιστορίας ] Annelian de Dijn, French Political Thought from Montesquieu to Tocqueville. Liberty in a leveled society? Cambridge University Press, 2008. Gareth Stedman Jones, Gregory Clayes, Τhe Cambridge History of nineteenth- century political thought, Cambridge University Press, 2013. Beiser, Frederic, The early political writings of the German romantics, Cambridge University Press, 1996. [Lib auth, βιβλιοθήκη τομέα νεότερης και σύγχρονης ιστορίας] H. Rosenblatt (ed), The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Constant (Cambridge, 2009), pp. 286-312. Rosenblum, Nancy, 1978. Bentham's Theory of the Modern State, New York: Cambridge University Press. Βentham Jeremy, A fragment on Government, (full text on line, Lib auth) S. Holmes, Benjamin Constant and the Making of Modern Liberalism (New Haven CT, 1984) S. Holmes, ‘The Liberty to Denounce: Ancient and Modern’, in Rosenblatt (ed), Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Constant, pp. 47-68. Jainchill, Reimagining Politics After the Terror: The Republican Origins of French Liberalism (Ithaca NY, 2008) K.S. Vincent, Benjamin Constant and the Birth of French Liberalism (New York, 2011) C. B. Welch, Liberty and Utility: The French Ideologues and the Transformation of Liberalism (New York, 1984) R. Whatmore, ‘Democrats and Republicans in Restoration France’ European Journal of Political Theory 3 (2004): 37-51. S. Avineri, Hegel’s Theory of the Modern State, (Cambridge, 1972) Z.A. Pelczynski, ‘Political Community and Individual Freedom in Hegel’s Philosophy of State’, in Pelczynski (ed), The State and Civil Society: Studies in Hegel’s Political Philosophy, (Cambridge, 1984), pp. 55-76 E. Weil, Hegel and the State, trans. M.A. Cohen (Baltimore MD, 1998) The Tocqueville Reader: A Life in Letters and Politics, eds. O. Zunz and A. S. Kahan (Oxford, 2002) A. Craiutu, ‘Tocqueville and the Political Thought of the Doctrinaires’, History of Political Thought 20 (1999).
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