Utopias and Political Imagination in Modernity

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The course offers an examination of the critical relations between utopian constructions and modern political forms. The purpose of this course is to reevaluate the significance of utopian thinking for the study of political modernity. The utopian texts but also the basic theoretical interpretations of utopian thinking (from sociologists and moral-political philosophers like Karl Mannheim, Ernst Bloch, Paul Ricoeur, Miguel Abensour) will be analyzed as sources of political thought. The students are invited to discussion of primary utopian texts with emphasis on the critical problems of utopianism engaging the formation of democratic imagination, tensions between authoritarian and emancipatory dynamics and the 20th century’s dystopian inversions of radical utopian imagery. Week 1. Introduction to the module, readings, assignments. Week 2. Meanings of Utopia. Definitions and examples of utopian thinking and practise. Week 3. Utopia and ideology. From Karl Mannheim to Paul Ricouer. Week 4. Utopia and political threats. The problem of utopian authoritarianism. Week 5. Reconstructive and Escapist utopian traditions. Week 6. Utopian Litterature and prominent figures. Thomas More, Charles Fourier. Week 7. Read and discuss utopian thinkers and writers. Week 8. Read and discuss utopian thinkers and writers. Week 9. The crisis of utopian imagination and holistic social desing. Positive and negative consequences. Week 10. "Concrete Utopia'' and contemporary democratic invention. Week 11. Egalitarian and Libertarian Utopistics. Week 12. Democratic theory and utopian experimentation. Problems and paradigms. Week 13. Final recapitulation. Chosen topics for discussion.

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The course will give you understanding of the genre of social utopias and how utopian thinking can be relevant to the critical political theory. You will acquire knowledge of the most important utopian visions and debates of contemporary utopian scholarship.


Βιβλιογραφία μαθήματος (Εύδοξος)
Λιούις Μάμφορντ, Η ιστορία των ουτοπιών, Νησίδες.

Επιπρόσθετη βιβλιογραφία για μελέτη
Μανχάιμ, Καρλ, Ιδεολογία και Ουτοπία, Αθήνα, Γνώση, 1997.
Thomas More, Francis Bacon, Henry Leville, Τρία κείμενα για την ουτοπία, (επιμέλεια: Στέφανος Ροζάνης), Αθήνα, Μεταίχμιο, 1997.
Λιάκος, Αντώνης, Αποκάλυψη, ουτοπία και Ιστορία, Πόλις, 2011.
Κονδύλης, Παναγιώτης, Η ηδονή, η ισχύς, η ουτοπία, Αθήνα, Στιγμή, 1992.
Paquot, Thierry, Η ουτοπία ή το παγιδευμένο ιδεώδες, Αθήνα, Scripta, 1998.
Lowey, Mickael, Λύτρωση και Ουτοπία, Αθήνα, Ψυχογιός, 2002.
Μπούμπερ, Μάρτιν, Μονοπάτια στην Ουτοπία, Θεσσαλονίκη, Νησίδες,2000.
Wellmer, Albrecht, Λόγος, ουτοπία και διαλεκτική του διαφωτισμού, Αθήνα, Έρασμος, 1990.
Bloch, Ernst, Ουτοπία και Επανάσταση, Αθήνα, Έρασμος, 2007.
Μπερνέρι, Μαρία-Λουίζα, Περιήγηση στην Ουτοπία, Θεσσαλονίκη, Νησίδες, 1990. *Συλλογικό έργο, Πλάτων, ουτοπία, ολοκληρωτισμός, Αθήνα, Futura, 2011.