History of Ideas

Degree Program : Political Science (1st semester – elective)

Teaching hours: 3 per week – ECTS:5

Course tutor: Theodore Georgiou, Professor

Curriculum Vitae: Theodore Georgiou is a professor of POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY at the DEMOCRITUS UNIVERSITY OF THRACE (Department of Social Management and Political Science).

He has taught political philosophy, epistemology of social sciences, philosophy of language, aesthetics and philosophy of culture, as visiting professor at the University of Frankfurt (Germany), at the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens and at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. He is a research fellow at the Institute for Social Research of the University of Frankfurt. Has participated in research programmes, and in international and Greek conventions.

His research interests comprise: political and social philosophy, theory of knowledge, ontology, aesthetics and philosophy of language. Lately, he investigates “difference” as a constituent condition for global political society.

e-mail: tgeorgio@polsci.duth.gr


Object and description of the course:

Within the context of the course HISTORY OF IDEAS are examined:

Firstly, the epistemological character and theoretical structure of ideas, defined as the rational conceptual construction of some object.

Secondly, the historical parentage and origins of ideas, which as considered as the conceptual expression of historical objects, and

Thirdly, the epistemological and theoretical power of ideas, which are defined as concepts within the historical and social forms of life.

Indicatively is mentioned the historical, epistemological and theoretical research of the ideas of truth, democracy, good, man, conscience, soul, freedom, justice, enlightenment, etc.

Course’s outline:

  • The historical, epistemological and theoretical construction of ideas.
  • The social role of ideas in forming the forms of life.
  • The theoretical power of ideas in every historical circumstance.

Learning objectives:

Through the HISTORY OF IDEAS students acquire knowledge of the epistemological construction of ideas, the historical evolution of concepts and the theoretical validity of the connection that exists between concept and object.


Written examination at the end of the semester


I. Compulsory

Theodore Georgiou, (2004) Filosofikoi prosanatolismoi). Vibliografikes efarmoges tis kritikis theorias (Philosophical Orientations. Bibliographical applications of critical Theory). Athens, ANT. N. SAKKOULAS ed.

ΙΙ. Optional

  • Theodor W. Adorno / Max Horkheiner (review): Koinoniologia (Sociology). Introductory papers (Social Research Institute of Frankfurt), Athens (1987), KRITIKI ed.
  • Hannah Arendt (1958): I anthropini katastasi (The Human Condition (vita activa)). Athens (1986), GNOSIS ed.
  • Andrew Heywood (2000): Vasikes ennoies tis politikis epistimis (Basic Concepts of Political Science.) Athens (2011), EPIKENTRO ed.
  • Julian Nida – Rümelin (2006): Dimocratia kai alithia (Democracy and truth). Athens (2009): INSTITUT OF THE HELLENIC PARLIAMENT ON PARLIAMENTARIANISM AND DEMOCRACY.
  • Bertrand Russell (1912): Ta provlimata tis filosophias (The problems of philosophy.) Athens, ARSENIDIS ed.