Course: Political Philosophy 1

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Course title Political Philosophy 1
Course code KAP/PF1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Stulík Ondřej, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Rosůlek Přemysl, Doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Strnadová Lenka, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction: basic terms 2. Freedom: from the antiquity through I. Berlin to Habermas and cellphone 3. Egality: from the antiquity through socialism to egalitarian libertarianism 4. Democracy: from the French revolustion through utilitarianism to the criticism of contemporary democracy 5. Ideological triangle and other ideologies: socialism, conservatism, liberalism; nationalism, catholicism 6. "New" ideologies (the "Sixties Generation") and the resurgence of traditional ideologies after World War II: feminism, environmentalism, pacifism; neoliberalism, new conservatism 7. Contemporary ideologies: socialism vs. the Third way, liberalism after the fall of Communism, individualism vs. communitarianism, neoconservatism etc. 8. Antidemocratic political ideologies: fascism, nazism, marxism, racism, anti-Semitism, religious (not only Islamic) fundamentalism, ideology of terror(ism) and suicide bombers etc. 9. Criticism of totalitarian thought: Popper, Arendt, Talmon etc. 10. Utilitarianism: Bentham, J. S. Mill, Sidgwick, SInger 11. The Frankfurt school or critical social theory: Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse, Fromm, Habermas etc. 12. "New" theories of social contract: Rawls, Nozick, Buchanan etc.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Seminar classes, Students' self-study, Self-study of literature, Textual studies
  • Contact hours - 39 hours per semester
  • Preparation for comprehensive test (10-40) - 30 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report) (1-10) - 10 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
Graduates will understand the basic topics of political philosophy, e.g. freedom, justice, democracy. They will develop basic understanding of ideologies and they will be able to identify the individual ideologies' position to the above mentioned topics. Students will be able to apply their knowledge in analysis of contemporary politics.
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Textual studies
Students' self-study
Self-study of literature
Seminar classes
assessment methods
Individual presentation at a seminar
Recommended literature
  • Současná politická filosofie : sborník textů anglosaských autorů 20. století. 1. vyd. Praha : Oikoymenh, 1997. ISBN 80-86005-60-7.
  • Arendt, Hannah. Původ totalitarismu I-III.. Praha : Oikoymenh, 1996. ISBN 80-86005-13-5.
  • Ballestrem, Karl; Ottman, Henning. Politická filosofie 20. století. 1. vyd. Praha : ISE, 1993. ISBN 80-85241-52-8.
  • Rosůlek, Přemysl. Politická filozofie : aktuální problémy. Plzeň : Aleš Čeněk, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7380-080-2.
  • Strauss, Leo. Eseje o politické filosofii. 1. vyd. Praha : ISE, 1995.
  • Strnadová, Lenka; Rosůlek, Přemysl. Politická filozofie : významné osobnosti a témata. Plzeň : Aleš Čeněk, 2008. ISBN 978-80-7380-151-9.

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