Political philosophy and journalism (m) (2015/2016)

Course code
4S02361
Name of lecturer
Olivia Guaraldo
Coordinator
Olivia Guaraldo
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
SPS/01 - POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
Semestrino IIA, Semestrino IIB

Lesson timetable

Semestrino IIA
Day Time Type Place Note
Friday 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.1  

Learning outcomes

The course aims at introducing and discussing some of the major issues concerning political philosophy, especcially those related to the contemporary global challenges that interest this field of research

Syllabus

What is happiness? Politics, freedom, public life in Alexis de Tocqueville and Hannah Arendt

When we speak of happiness we usually intend private happiness. Similarly, when we vindicate our freedom we tend to conceive it individually. For Hannah Arendt, passionate reader of Tocqueville, happiness and freedom have largely to do with public and political life. Thecourse intends to analyze the main work by Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, and interrogate the displacing question posed by Arendt, namely that freedom coincides with the possibility to actively participate in politics and this experience opens to the possibility of a “public happiness”.

Assessment methods and criteria

Testi d’esame

• A. de Tocqueville, La democrazia in America, a cura di G. Candeloro, edizione BUR

• H. Arendt, Tra passato e futuro, Garzanti (qualsiasi ristampa)

• Dispense del corso:
1) H. Arendt, L’azione e la “ricerca della felicità” (da: Filosofia politica e pratica del pensiero. Arendt, Voegelin, Strauss, a cura di G. Duso, Franco Angeli, pp. 333-348);
2) O. Guaraldo, “Hannah Arendt. La politica come libertà”, in “Quaderni laici”, n. 7, 2012, pp. 97-116. disponibili sul blog: www.publichappiness.wordpress.com e sulla piattaforma e-learning di ateneo


Exam:
oral examination

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2015/2016