Globalisation of society/social and antipolitics

62-051  Globalisation of society/social and antipolitics

second cycle Master degree study programme Political Science

Course Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Tonči Ante Kuzmanić


The course lectures are – of course, within the given historical context - emphasizing fundamental concepts and language games (Wittgenstein), its development, and the very appearance of the new ones. That means always concrete concepts and within the connection to concrete authors and theirs own times and circumstances. That si – as a method - still today of paramoung importance for all fundamental texts of western tradition at the level of the very possibility of theirs understandings and interpretations. The course is openning the very posibilit for understanding exactly that western tradicion, its peculiarites and - in that way -  also the posibilities for understanding another traditions.

Subjects of the course:

  • Understanding globalisation through the beginning and appearance of the social:  nature (physis), community (koinonia ethnos and Gemeinschaft) and than socitey (societas, Gessellschaft): Ferdinand Tönnies
  • Social in the times of helenism and stoicism as apeiron: kosmopolites – the first social being or moral being of social self-emancipation
  • Christianitiy and first blobalisation: christian – the second social and moral being (Christ as the Model) or being of emancipation through the obligation and morality: Cicero, Augustinus: Civitas Dei
  • Protestantism: Civitas terrena – social being (ens socialis) who revolutionary came back to the earth: work and production (ponos, poiein) – Max Weber
  • Rinascimento: free and complete social being of the humanist's (Valla, della Mirandola, Ficino): social utopia (Campanella, Morus) and problem of creation (poiesis)
  • Social being, first appearance of society together with the modern state: from Machiaveli and enlightenment to French revolution and victory over feudal Geneinschaft- logic (Napoleon and modern territorial state-nation-society)
  • Socetiy and economy, the second appearance of the society: capitalism, Natural Philosophy and Edinbourgh enlightenment (national and political economy) and colonialism (Locke)
  • Romantic self-picture of the social being equalised with the comunal being: estetisation and moralisation of society – Hegel and the problem of »die Schrecke« of social being
  • Social sciences I: utopical socialists (Saint-Simon and Comte) – positivism and scientific creation/production of leadership (kybernain) over society
  • Critique of national/political economy: Marx and utopian socialists – first critique of society and alternative societal-social projects (difference between social and societal, socialis, societas…)
  • Social sciences II. Sociologies, political sciences…: pragmatism, functionalism, social ingeneering and cybernetics
  • Critique of society, of social and of social sciences at large: Arendt and Castoriadis – perspectives of politics and political action
  • Post-modernism and managerial theories of the social: global society and depression of post-capitalism
  • Globalisation: what is and how globalising itself?
  • Conclusion: how to think and grasp/understand globalisation?

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