Course: Philosophy of State and Law

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Course title Philosophy of State and Law
Course code KPF/0917
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course not specified
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Belling Vojtěch, doc. JUDr. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1) the right and power in medieval philosophy 2) the modern state as a product of secularization? The emergence on the threshold of modern times and the relationship to the medieval political system 3) state in the classical theory of iusnaturalism (Grotius, Althusius) and rationalist contractualism (Hobbes, Pufendorf, Rousseau) 4) alternative conception of the state as "consociatio symbiotica" in imperial affairs 5) The State and Law in German idealism, the relationship between the legal personality of a "Cartesian" subject 6) Hegel and the State 7) Marx's critique of statehood 8) rise of modern political science at the era of positivism 9) neohegelians and neokantians concepts of State 9) The State and Demos 10) end of statehood? The postmodern critique of the state

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
The aim of this course is to get known the participants with the key theories of the state in the modern era, from Hobbes through Rousseau and Hegel to 20 century. The focus will be donated to various conceptions of the relationship of law and justice, and the relationship between state and society and their relevance from the perspective of the current problems of post-industrial society. Will be discussed concepts of sovereignty and legitimacy and timeliness, as well as the question of the "end of statehood" in the postmodern era, in the context of European integration.
Learning outcomes: Students will gain this expertise: - Can use basic concepts of legal philosophy - Understand the relationship between the political and legal philosophy and political theory - Understand the philosophical roots of some basic legal concepts and legal methodology

Assessment methods and criteria
Credit will be given for the oral defense of a written exam and demonstrate knowledge of the topics presented. Written work must have a minimum of 8 pages (15,000 hits including spaces) and must be based on the presented topics and a minimum of two texts (primary and secondary foreign language t.ext). Topic approved in advance by the investigator
Recommended literature
  • Agamben, G. Homo sacer. Suverénní moc a pouhý život. Praha, 2011. ISBN 978-80-7298-272.
  • Bataille, G. Svrchovanost. 2000, Prah. ISBN 80-238-6231-6.
  • Belling, V. Legitimita moci v postmoderní době. Brno, 2009. ISBN 978-80-210-5081-5.
  • HEGEL, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich. Základy filosofie práva. Praha, 1992. ISBN 80-200-0296-0.
  • Hegel. Základy filosofie práva,. Praha, 1992. ISBN 80-200-0296-0.
  • Hobbes, T. Leviathan. Praha, 2009. ISBN 978-80-7298-106-9.
  • Kant, I. Základy metafyziky mravů. Praha, 2014. ISBN 978-80-7298-501-2.
  • Rousseau, J. J. O společenské smlouvě. Dobrá Voda, 2002. ISBN 80-86473-10-4.
  • Schmitt, C. Politická theologie. Čtyři kapitoly k učení o suverenitě. Praha, 2012. ISBN 978-80-7298-401-5.

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