PHEB202 Философия и социални науки


The course considers some basic philosophical categories and their interpretation by key sociological thinkers in the 20th century. The topics are selected as to highlight phenomena with social visibility and public reception in the modernity. Special emphasis is put on wide variety of relevant empirical research methods and data collections.

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Философия (на английски език)


проф. Мартин Канушев  д-р
гл. ас. Теодора Карамелска  д-р

Описание на курса:


After completing successfully this course the students will:

1) know:

• the most influential theoretical interpretations of concepts like power, violence, justice, identity, memory etc.

• the relevance of their treatment in different social contexts

2) are capable of:

• to discuss competently classical philosophical and sociological texts

• to prove the empirical evidence of sociologically relevant phenomena

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Език, на който се води курса:

Теми, които се разглеждат в курса:

  1. The concept of “strangeness”: philosophical and sociological interpretations
  2. Hannah Arendt's reflections on violence and power
  3. An analytics of power relations: M. Foucault
  4. Philosophical and sociological discourses of mental health and mental illness
  5. Contemporary dimensions of biopower and biopolitics
  6. Stigmatization, social distance and exclusion by E. Goffman
  7. The concept of “recognition” in philosophical and sociological context (A. Honneth)
  8. Social justice in the age of identity politics
  9. The multiculturalism from philosophical and sociological perspective
  10. Memory and the politics of remembering
  11. Gender relations and their social representations in late modernity
  12. Research methods in the social sciences (I.)
  13. Research methods in the social sciences (II.)
  14. Current control
  15. Current control

Литература по темите:

Arendt, H. 1969. On Violence. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World.

Babbie, E. R. The Practice of Social Research. 12th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage.

Bauman, Z. 1991. Modernity and Ambivalence. Ithaca, New York: Cornell Univ. Press.

Butler, J. 1990. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. Thinking Gender. New York & London: Routledge.

Butler, J. 1993. Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex". New York: Routledge.

Denzin, N., Y. S. Lincoln (eds.). 2000. Handbook of Qualitative Research. Second edition. Sage Publications.

Foucault, M. 1980. Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings 1972-1977, ed. C. Gordon. New York: Pantheon

Herzog, A. 2017. “The concept of violence in the work of Hannah Arendt”. In: Continental Philosophy Review, Vol. 50, Issue 2, 165–179.

Goffman, E. 1986. Stigma. Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity. Simon and Schuster.

Honneth, A. 2003. Redistribution or Recognition?: A Political-Philosophical Exchange, co-authored with N. Fraser, Verso Press.

Honneth, A. 1996. The Struggle for Recognition: The Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts, MIT Press.

Gender & Society SAGE Journal

Jonsen, A. 1998. The Birth of Bioethics. Oxford University Press.

Rawls, J. 1971. A Theory of Justice Harvard University Press.

Rawls, J. 1993. Political Liberalism. Columbia University Press.

Simmel, G. 1971. “The Stranger”. In: Georg Simmel: On Individuality and Social Forms, Donald Levine (ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 143-150.

Singh, K. 2007. Quantitative Social Research Methods. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

Taylor, Ch. 1994. Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition. Princeton University Press.

The Gender Reader (2nd Edition). 2000. Pearson.

Todorova, M., A. Dimou, St. Troebst (eds.). 2014. Remembering communism. Private and Public Recollections of Lived Experience in Southeast Europe. CEU Press.

Schutz, A. 1944. “The Stranger”: An Essay in Social Psychology. In: American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 49, Issue 6. 499-507.