Political Philosophy II

Degree Program : Political Science (3rd semester – compulsory)

Teaching hours: 3 per week-5 ECTS

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 of POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY ΙΙ is attempted a systematic mediation between the classic theories of political philosophy and modern research on the political and politics. Epistemological orientation is defined based on the problems for the composition, organisation and operation of modern societies and the political forms of life.

In particular are investigated the problems for the constitution of the state in today’s historical circumstances, the role and importance of political power and political society, the realistic potentiality of democracy, the problem of freedom, justice, social equality and multiculturalism.

Course’s outline:

  • Modern political theories on the state, political power, democracy, freedom, justice, and multiculturalism.
  • Constructing the concepts of political philosophy with a reference to the social and political problems of our times.
  • Epistemologically redefining political philosophy and radical transformation of the political and politics.

Learning objectives:

Through the course POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY ΙΙ students acquire systematic knowledge of the political problems of our times and are trained to think of those problems at a conceptual level. The primary epistemological goal of the course is for the students to grasp the mediation between concept and thing in the research field of political philosophy.


Written examination at the end of the semester


I. Compulsory

  • Raymond Geuss (2008): Filosophia kai pragmatiki politiki (Philosophy and real politics). Athens (2013), EIKOSTOU PROTOU Ed.

ΙΙ. Optional

  • Chantal Mouffe (2000): To dimokratiko paradoxo (The Democratic Paradox). Athens (2004), POLIS ed.
  • John Rawls (1993): O politikos fileleftherismos (Political Liberalism) Athens (2004), METAIXMIO ed.
  • Jacques Rancière (2005): To misos gia ti dimocratia (The Hatred of Democracy). Athens (2009), PEDIO ed.
  • Michael J. Sandel (2009): Dikaiosini (Justice.) Ti einai to sosto? (What’s the Right Thing to Do?) Athens (2011), POLIS ed.
  • Giannis Stavrakakis, Kostis Stafylakis (redaction) (2008): To politico sti sigchroni techni (The political in modern art). Athens, EKKREMES ed.