Course Content (Syllabus)
Political philosophy is a branch of philosophy with a long and rich history that studies issues related to the basic organization of political communities, their broader goals, and their treatment of problems arising from human interaction, from a particular perspective. This perspective consists in analyzing the meaning of basic relevant concepts (power, right, sovereignty et.c.)and in seeing political issues from a distinctively moral viewpoint.In the first part of the course we discuss the scope of political philosophy, its relations to other disciplines and its role in a democratic society. In the second part we try to answer the old question "What's the best form of government?" by examining monarchy, totalitarianism and liberal democracy.
political philosophy, utopia, monarchy, totalitarianism, democracy
Additional bibliography for study
Adam Swift, Πολιτική Φιλοσοφία (Αθήνα: Οκτώ, 2015).
Andrew Heywood, Εισαγωγή στην πολιτική (Αθήνα: Πόλις, 2006)
Θανάσης Διαμαντόπουλος, Τα πολιτικά καθεστώτα (Αθήνα: Παπαζήσης, 2008)