Topics in Social Philosophy

Course Information
TitleΘέματα Κοινωνικής Φιλοσοφίας / Topics in Social Philosophy
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorNikolaos Sevastakis
Course ID600019601

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīma Politikṓn Epistīmṓn 2023-sīmera

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesSpring-4

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Learning Outcomes
Aims and objectives As a result of meeting the requirements in this course, students will be able to: 1. Identify some important issues of social philosophy. 2. Interpret and paraphrase, both orally and in writing, the views of these philosophers as expressed in the philosophical texts they have written. 3. Use the critical thinking methods of philosophy to analyze and evaluate the ways in which these thinkers have attempted to solve the problems of conflict and meaning in late modern societies . 4. Locate, evaluate, and use effectively information from a variety of relevant sources. 5. Participate actively in discussions of issues in social philosophy. In pursuit of the above objectives, the course is based upon the reading of original sources.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
TOPICS IN SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY This course explores the question of social bonds and individualism in modern, capitalist societies. We will examine issues developed by thinkers such as John Dewey, Norbert Elias, Charles Taylor, Axel Honneth. The topics include social and cultural conditions of democracy, the question of recognition and the forms of alienation in contemporary societies. With reference to intriguing theoretical texts we will also examine interpretations of individualization, social cooperation and the concept of creativity of action.
recognition, social pathologies, ethics of authenticity, creativity of action.
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 Assigment431.6
Written assigments27.51
Student Assessment
The student needs to pass the written exam (2hp) and take part in the course in an active manner (research papers).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Charles Taylor, Οι δυσανεξίες της Νεωτερικότητας, Εκκρεμές, 2006.
Additional bibliography for study
Άξελ Χόνετ, Από την επικοινωνία στην αναγνώριση. Για την ανανέωση της κριτικής θεωρίας, Αθήνα, Πόλις, 2000. John Dewey, Φιλελευθερισμός και κοινωνική δράση, Αθήνα, Πόλις, 2019. Αλέξανδρος Κοζέβ, Η έννοια της αυθεντίας, Κουκκίδα, 2018. Ηannah Arendt, Τι είναι αυθεντία;, ALASDAIR MACINTYRE, Έλλογα εξαρτημένα όντα. Γιατί οι άνθρωποι χρειάζονται τις αρετές; Κουκκίδα, 2013. Emile Durkheim, Κοινωνιολογία και φιλοσοφία, Επέκεινα, 2014. Λουί Ντυμόν, Δοκίμια για τον Ατομικισμό, εκδόσεις ΕΥΡΥΑΛΟΣ. Richard Sennet, Μαζί. Νησίδες, 2015. Francis Fukuyama, Eμπιστοσύνη,. Οι κοινωνικές αρετές και η δημιουργία της ευημερίας, Λιβάνης, Νέα Σύνορα, 1998. Αlbrecht Wellmer, Η ελευθερία στον νεωτερικό κόσμο, Αλεξάνδρεια, 2001. Habermas J., Ο φιλοσοφικός λόγος της νεωτερικότητας, Αλεξάνδρεια, 1993 Αλαιν Ρενώ, Το τέλος της αυθεντίας, Πόλις, 2007. Νικόλας Σεβαστάκης, «Κοινωνιολογικός πραγματισμός και δημοκρατία», Επιστήμη και Κοινωνία,τ.7/2001,
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