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This course explores the question of social bonds and individualism in modern, capitalist societies. We will examine issues developed by thinkers such as John Dewey, Norbert Elias, Charles Taylor, Axel Honneth. The topics include social and cultural conditions of democracy, the question of recognition and the forms of alienation in contemporary societies. With reference to intriguing theoretical texts we will also examine interpretations of individualization, social cooperation and the concept of creativity of action.
As a result of meeting the requirements in this course, students will be able to:
1. Identify some important issues of social philosophy.
2. Interpret and paraphrase, both orally and in writing, the views of these philosophers as expressed in the philosophical texts they have written.
3. Use the critical thinking methods of philosophy to analyze and evaluate the ways in which these thinkers have attempted to solve the problems of conflict and meaning in late modern societies .
4. Locate, evaluate, and use effectively information from a variety of relevant sources.
5. Participate actively in discussions of issues in social philosophy. In pursuit of the above objectives, the course is based upon the reading of original sources.