28066 - History of Political Philosophy (1) (LM)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course will be based on the analysis of history of modern and contemporary political thought from the perspective of the State.
Through the analysis of the State constitution, we will investigate some of the milestone concepts of modern and contemporary political thought - natural right, political power, political subject, pact, sovereignty, representation, citizenship, rights, civil society, constitution, democracy.

Course contents

The course will be dedicated to the thought of Karl Marx and to the analysis of some of his most famous texts (German Ideology, Theses on Feuerbach, The Jewish Question, The Manifesto of the Communist Party and selected passages form the first book of The Capital), together with the most important concepts within his philosophical, economic and political reflection.


Class timetable: 2nd semester (4th period): mon., Tue, Wed.: 11 – 13, Aula E (Via Zamboni 34).


1. Texts that are be discussed in class and made available online as didactic material.

2. One text of your choice from the following list:

- M. Dal Pra, La dialettica in Marx : dagli scritti giovanili all'Introduzione alla critica dell'economia politica, Bari, Laterza, 1965

- E. Balibar, La filosofia di Marx, Roma, Manifestolibri, 1994
- S. Avineri, Il pensiero politico e sociale di Marx, il Mulino, Bologna, 1997
- D. McLellan, Marx, Bologna, il Mulino, 1999
- A. Burgio, Il sogno di una cosa. Per Marx, Roma, Deriveapprrodi, 2018

Not attending students have to substitute point 1 with another

text from the list (point 2).

Teaching methods

Frontal Lessons

Assessment methods

The final oral exam focuses on the programme’s material and will be held in the Professor’s office, Via Zamboni, 38.

The critical evaluation considers the fundamental notions, the level of the analysis and the critical skills. On the basis of these three principal parameters an overall evaluation in thirtieths is expressed.

18-21 Sufficient

22-25 Average

26-28 Good-Very Good

29-30 Excellent

Teaching tools

During the lessons power point program will be used.

Office hours

See the website of Francesco Cerrato