Topic outline

  • The course focuses on several fundamental concepts and topics in contemporary feminist political theory/ philosophy. The relation between the public and the private is explored by critical readings of political-philosophical canon. The issue of universalism and particularism is discussed by analyzing contemporary issues of multiculturalism and affective politics. The course aims at understanding of feminist political theory as a project in the field of democratic theory and emancipatory thinking, which it will examine in detail.

  • 1. The projects of feminist political theory

  • 2. Family as a lynchpin between the public and the private

  • 3. Home and the value of privacy

  • 4. Political ontology of bodies and the public

  • 5. Multiculturalism and universalism

  • 6. Equality and emancipation

  • 7. Affective theories of universalism

  • 8. Feminist perspectives on democratic theory

  • 9. Deliberative democracy

  • 10. Radical democracy

  • 11. Feminist perspectives on freedom

  • 12. Foucauldian interpretations of freedom

  • 13. Arendtian interpretations of freedom