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DSPO 2465A - Political Life and the Foundation of Politics (The)

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course is an introduction to certain ideas on the foundation of politics and the political life in some major political and legal theorists from the last century. We begin with different possible answers to the question of ‘What is political ontology?', and we study how different ideas on the foundation of political life can be related to processes of political legitimation. This will be discussed in comparative readings of prominent thinkers like George Sorel, Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, Hans Kelsen, Erik Voegelin, Michael Oakeshott, John Rawls, and Claude Lefort. This course will cover twelve sessions of two hours. Each session will be opened with an introductory lecture of thirty minutes by the tutor. This will be followed by class presentations and discussions in a close reading of extract texts from the mentioned thinkers, and the sessions will be concluded with tutor's final remarks of ten to fifteen minutes.


SINAEIAN, Masoud (Doctorant)

Required reading

Carl Schmitt (2007) The Concept of the Political. G. Schwab (trans.) Chicago: UCP