Course: Transformations of Liberalism

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Course title Transformations of Liberalism
Course code KFI/PL
Organizational form of instruction Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Vodešil Petr, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
The course concentrates on an analysis of the philosophical assumptions and ideas of liberalism. The course examines relation between society and the individual, as well as the development of liberal theory from the 17th century until present. The course focuses above all on works of philosophers, namely J. Locke, J. S. Mill, J. Rawls, R. Nozick. The Specific role is ascribed to Hobbes? Leviathan that is taken rather as a pendant of the liberal view on the individual and the state.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
The course is also an analysis of the philosophical foundations of liberal thinking for the organization of free individuals and the relationship of, first examining liberal thinking changes from the seventeenth century to the present. Based on the works of philosophers generally, especially J. Locke, J.S. Mill and J. Rawls. Specific function has Hobbes Leviathan acting more like a pendant of a liberal view of the individual and society.
The graduate of the course will acquire survey about the main assumptions, ideas, development, and versions of liberalism. Students comprehend the philosophical conceptions that form liberal view on the individual and society. They know their theoretical and empirical bases, historical context, and practical results. Students can analyse classic and academic liberal text respectively, and they comprehend it. Students can present results of their academic work in public and they are also able to react quickly during a discussion related to a topic of the course. The graduate of the course can identify and formulate theoretical, i.e. above all political-philosophical context of present social action that is connected to the liberal view on the individual and society. The graduate also can write up an academic article reflecting political practise in wide context.
The course has no presumptions.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Analysis of linguistic, Seminar Work

Report, essay Active participation in a class, completion of assignment
Recommended literature
  • & Bratinka, P. (1991). Cesta k nevolnictví. Praha: Občanský institut.
  • Berlin, I. (1991). Four essays on liberty. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Garner, Oldenquist. Society and the Individual. Belmont - California.
  • Heywood, A., & Masopust, Z. (2005). Politické ideologie. Praha: Eurolex Bohemia.
  • Hobbes, T., Mertl, J., & Hrůša, J. (1941). Leviathan, neboli, O podstatě, zřízení a moci státu církevního a občanského. V Praze: Melantrich.
  • Locke. Druhé pojednání o vládě. Praha.
  • Locke, J., Král, J., & Krejčí, O. (1992). Druhé pojednání o vládě. Praha: Svoboda.
  • Mill, J. S., & Randé, K. (1907). O svobodě. V Praze: Vlastním nákladem vydal J. Otto.
  • Nozick, R. (2002). Anarchy, state, and utopia. New York: Basic Books.
  • Rawls, J. (1995). Teorie spravedlnosti.. Praha: Victoria Publishing.
  • Smith, A., Pavlát, V., Tryml, S., Irgl, V., Jindrová, A., & Pytelka, J. (1958). Pojednání o podstatě a původu bohatství národů. Sv. 1. Kniha 1-3. Praha: Státní nakladatelství politické literatury.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Philosophy (2015) Philosophy, theology - -
Faculty of Arts Philosophy (2015) Philosophy, theology - -