Social & political philosophy

Course Code :1067FLWFID
Study domain:Philosophy and Ethics
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Credit required to obtain degree: Credit required: Yes
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Peter Reynaert

3. Course contents *

The course consists of two parts. Part one defines social philosophy as a critical, normative theory of the good society on the basis of an analysis of classical social-philosophical themata, such as Enlightenment, ideology and utopia. Based on an essential insight into the original sociality of man, the course further argues that the fundamental social virtue is mutual recognition, and that this can only be realised in a political society. Explained are then the foundation (social contract-theory), the norm (justice and human rights) and the limit (violence) of the political.

Part two is devoted to the problem of justice, and presents the contemporary discussion. The following theories are presented, critically discussed and confronted: Utilitarianism, Rawls, Libertarianism, neo-marxism and communitarianism.