24 / THE THEORY OF POWER AND THE POWER OF THEORY


28 March – 1 April 2011   print this page

Course directors:

Joseph Bien, University of Missouri, Columbia, United States
Hauke Brunkhorst, University of Flensburg, Germany
Heinz Paetzold, University of Kassel, Germany
Gerard Raulet, University of Paris - Sorbonne, France


Course description:

The concept of power belongs to the set of basic concepts in any political philosophy. At the dawn of modernity, the issue of legitimizing power by the people and for the people became pertinent. Only through being authorized by the people as a political body is power, in the context of democracy, constituted and differs from former modes of social coercion and interaction. The course will concentrate on comprehensive theories of power from Machiavelli, Montesquieu, Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault to Antonio Negri and Giorgio Agamben. Power as “micropolitics”, power as “biopolitics”, the division of powers, publicity as the fourth power in the democratic state, and the distinction of power from violence are only some of the concerns of recent political and social philosophy. The course intends to structure and influence the debates on theses conceptual understandings of power


Course lecturers:

Joseph Bien, University of Missouri, Columbia, United States
Heinz Paetzold, University of Kassel, Germany
Gerard Raulet, University of Paris - Sorbonne, France