Weekly classes: Thursdays 2 p.m. via Zoom:
https://cuni-cz.zoom.us/j/98287339128Meeting ID: 982 8733 9128
20 May - 2 p.m. (CET)
15 June - 12 a.m. (CET)
Dear students, you will receive 4 randomly generated problems in the online test. You have a total of 30 minutes to answer them. Answers should be relatively comprehensive, broad, well-structured, consistent and based on your own reading and thinking about the issues. It should definitely be a coherent interpretation, not just a collection of quotations or even incomplete sentences. I believe that all those who have attended the class and read all the required readings will pass the exam. I wish you the best of luck.
Mandatory:Leo Strauss: What is Political Philosophy (pgs. 343-368)
Sheldon Wolin: Politics and Vision, ch. 1. (pgs. 3-26)
Max Weber: Science as a Vocation (pgs. 1-31)
Why Strauss criticizes Weber's idea of value-free social science?
What's the difference between political philosophy (political theory) and political science?
What one can get from reading classical authors of political philosophy?
Aristotle: Politics, Book III, chapters 6-18.
Mulgan, Richard G., Aristotle's Political Theory, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977.
What's the trouble with democracy?
Why a multitude of people can come to better results than an assembly of a few virtuous experts?
What holds a city together? What's distinctive for a city in comparison to other types of association?
What is the law?
Why the rule of one virtuous king might not always be the best option?
Mandatory: Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Book V, pgs. 81-102.
Rawls, A Theory of Justice - chapters 1-4, 11-13 (pgs. 3-19; 52-73).
Recommended Readings: Kymlicka: Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction, part 3, pgs. 53-101.
The Prince, chapters VIII, XV-XVIII, XXV-XXVI (pgs. 30-34; 53-62; 84-90)
Weber, Politics as a Vocation, pgs. 76-94
H. Arendt: Eichmann in Jerusalem, chapter 2 (The Accused pgs. 40-52), chapter 8 (Duties of a law-abiding citizen, pgs. 137-149) and Postscript (pgs. 260-274).
H. Arendt, "Truth and Politics", in Between Past and Future, New York, 2006, p. 223-259.