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180031 VO Public theories (2021S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie


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Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesdays, 10.15am to 12.00 noon

Tuesday 09.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 16.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 23.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 13.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 20.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 27.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 04.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 11.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 18.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 01.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 08.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 15.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 22.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The public sphere is a central concept in political philosophy. This lecture will present in the first part the theories of the public sphere put forward by Jürgen Habermas, John Dewey, Hannah Arendt, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, and Chantal Mouffe. It will especially focus on the function of the public in the respective overall theory and similiarities and differences will be highlighted. The second part of the lecture will focus in a systematic way on the media induced changes in the public sphere and the medial turn in philosophical public sphere theory.
This lecture aims to provide an overview about the different public sphere theories and their position with the larger context of political philosophy.
A detailed lecture overview will be given in the first meeting.

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral Exam. Starting point of the oral exams are the posts published by students on the learning plattform moodle.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Basic knowledge about public sphere theories and the media transformation.

Examination topics

Lecture and texts provided on Moodle

Reading list

Die Literaturliste gibt einen ersten Überblick über relevante Öffentlichkeitstheorie und hat keinen Anspruch auf Vollständigkeit:
Arendt, Hannah: Vita Activa, oder Vom Tätigen Leben, München/Zürich: Pieper, 1981.
Dean, Jody: Why the Net is not a Public Sphere, Constellations 10 (1), 2003, S. 95-112.
Dewey, John: Die Öffentlichkeit und ihre Probleme. Aus dem Amerikanischen von Wolf-Dietrich Junghanns, Bodenheim: Philo, 1996.
Gerhardt, Volker: Öffentlichkeit. Die politische Form des Bewusstseins, München: C.H. Beck, 2012.
Geuss, Raymond: Privatheit. Eine Genealogie, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2002.
Habermas, Jürgen: Der Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit. Untersuchungen zu einer Kategorie der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1990.
Habermas, Jürgen: Faktizität und Geltung. Beiträge zur Diskurstheorie des Rechts und des demokratischen Rechtsstaats, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1992.
Habermas, Jürgen: Öffentlicher Raum und politische Öffentlichkeit. Lebensgeschichtliche Wurzeln von zwei Gedankenmotiven, in: Jürgen Habermas: Zwischen Naturalismus und Religion, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2005, p. 119-154.
Habermas, Jürgen: Zur Verfassung Europas. Ein Essay, Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2011.
Hardt, Michael und Negri, Antonio: Empire, Cambridge/London: Harvard University Press, 2000.
Hardt, Michael und Negri, Antonio: Multitude. War and Democracy in the Age of Empire, New York: Penguin, 2004.
Hardt, Michael und Negri, Antonio: Commonwealth, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009.
Imhof, Kurt: Die Krise der Öffentlichkeit, Frankfurt/New York: Campus, 2011.
Marchart, Oliver: Die politische Differenz, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2010.
Mouffe, Chantal: Das demokratische Paradox. Aus dem Englischen von Oliver Marchart, Wien: Turia +Kant, 2013.
Mouffe, Chantal: Über das Politische. Wider die kosmopolitische Illusion. Aus dem Englischen von Niels Neumeier, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2007.
Sennett, Richard: The Fall of Public Man, Cambridge: CUP, 1977.
Taylor, Charles: Modern Social Imaginaries, Durham and London: Duke University Press 2004.
Turner, Charles: Habermas‘ Öffentlichkeit: A Reception History, in: Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 12:2, 2009, S. 225-241.

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