Political Philosophy I

Degree Program : Political Science (2nd semester – compulsory)

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 POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY I are thematically and scientifically analysed the political modernity theories investigating the political and politics. Special emphasis is placed on their epistemological construction, while they are examined as theories within the historical and realistic context of the social forms of life.

On a second teaching and research level are analysed political modernity’s historical effects on the modern investigations for the political and politics. Moreover is developed the scientific dialog between historical political modernity and modern investigatory diagnosis of the present.

Course’s outline:

  • Constructing the political theories of modernity.
  • Concepts of the political, politics, state, contract, freedom, justice
  • The historicity of the concepts of political philosophy and their epistemological use in modern research.

Learning objectives:

Through POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY I students acquire an integral and visual knowledge for the historical, epistemological and thematic evolution of the concepts of political philosophy .


Written examination at the end of the semester


I. Compulsory

Theodore Georgiou, (2004) Philosophy as a critical social theory (in Greek). Athens, ALEXANDREIA ed.

ΙΙ. Optional

  • Alain Badiou, Pierre Bourdieu et al. (edited) (2014): Ti einai laos? (Qu’est-ce qu’un peuple ?) Athens, Ekdoseis tou Eikostou Protou Editions.
  • John Rawls (2007): Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy. Harvard College.
  • Charles Taylor (1991): Oi dysanexies tis neoterikotitas (The malaise of modernity) Athens, EKKREMES ed.
  • Carl Schmitt (1927): I ennia tou politikou (The concept of the political): Athens, KRITIKI ed.
  • Quentin Skinner (1978): Ta themelia tis neoteris politikis skepsis (The foundations of modern political thought). Athens (2005), ALEXANDREIA ed.