Social and Political Philosophy

5 ECTs / Semester / Portuguese

This curricular unit calls for critical clarification of and reflection on the most fundamental issues of political life. Students should understand that what is distinctive about political philosophy is its prescriptive or evaluative concern with justifications, values, virtues, ideals, rights and obligations — in short, its concern with how political societies should be, how political policies and institutions can be justified, how men ought to behave in public space. At the end of the semester, students are expected to answer questions such as:
1) What does a justifiable or legitimate political order involve?
2) What makes a democratic political order justifiable or legitimate?
3) What are the most compelling and reasonable theories of justice, and how does justice relate to rights, obligations, duties, virtues, freedoms, democracy, and other terms of political philosophy?
4) How should a just society reconstruct forms of political participation, the relation to the environment, and the relations to the global order?
5) What should citizens do when the political order falls short of the justificatory ideal?


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Full Professor at the FCH – the Faculty of Human Sciences, UCP – Catholic University of Portugal. He is also, since June 2013, Director of the Center of…