History of Modern Political Ideas - 1st semester


a) To reach a comprehensive understanding of the main political currents from the 18th to the 20th century. b) To understand the main works of the contemporary political thought and to be able to analize and interpret their historical and cultural context. c) To achieve skills and knowledges that allow further research developments on the subjects

General characterization





Responsible teacher

José Neves


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





AURÉLIO, Diogo Pires (dir.), Representação Política – Textos Clássicos, Lisboa, Horizonte, 2009. BALIBAR, Étienne & Immanuel WALLERSTEIN, Race, Nation and Class – Ambiguous Identities, Londres, Verso, 1991. DIAS, Bruno Peixe & José NEVES (dir.), A Política dos Muitos – Povo, Classes e Multidão, Lisboa, Edições Tinta-daChina, 2010.
MIROWSKI, Philippe & Dieter PLEHWE (orgs.). The Road from Mont Pelerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective, Cambridge (Mass), Harvard University Press, 2009. SAMUELS, W.J., BIDDLE, J.E. & J.B.DAVIS (dir.), A Companion to the History of Economic Thought, Oxford, Blackwell, 2003. SKINNER, Quentin, Visions of Politics, 3 vols., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Teaching method

Presentation of the various topics of the program. Theoretical and practical classes: students will reflect and discuss selected texts and audiovisual material.

Evaluation method

Evaluation: oral presentations about selected texts.

Subject matter

1. Modern Political Ideas 1.1 The state of the art on political representation and collective political action. 1.2. The Modernity among the political subjects and economic objects. 2. From the late 17th century to the World War II 2.1. Economy, Liberalism and nationalism 2.2. The Marxist Critique of liberalism and Nationalism 2.3. Fascist regimes, authoritarianism and Corporatism. 3. From the post war to the fall of the Berlin Wall 3.1 Keynes, Neo-Keynesians and Post-Keynesians 3.2. From liberalism to neoliberalism 3.3. The thought of 68 and the New Left 4. Anticolonial Thought