This course will introduce the participants to seminal texts in political thought from the second half of 20th century. The assigned readings venture beyond the confines of "democracy theory" and ask more fundamental questions, such as the following:
· What is politics? What is the political?
· What is political thought/theory/philosophy?
· Are humans political animals? What are anthropological foundations of man’s existence in society?
· What are the perennial constants of the political? And what are the basic characteristics of modern or postmodern politics?
· What does a good and just order look like?
· What is political liberty?
· What is totalitarian politics?
· What are 20th century forms of authority and control?
· What is politics under the conditions of globalization and multiculturalism?
· What is politics under the conditions of mass society, consumerism, and advanced technology?
· What is the gender dimension of modern politics?
The course has an experimental format. It takes place on six consecutive days in May 2020 (exact date tba); students will not have have for other activities in this period. It is therefore especially recommended for 2year MA students in their first year of studies. Students don’t have to prepare in advance, rather they will be given sufficient reading time on each day. The common discussion of the texts will follow immediately after students have read them.
Enrollment: Students from all departments are welcome. The maximum number of participants is fifteen.