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Course module: 431013-B-6
Social Philosophy for Sociology
Course info
Course module431013-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB Other;
Is part of
B Sociology
PM Academic Teacher in Social Studies
Contact persondr. B. Engelen
Coordinator course
dr. B. Engelen
Other course modules lecturer
dr. B. Engelen
Other course modules lecturer
dr. S. Yazicioglu
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
Course mode
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Learning goals Part 1

After the course the student is able to:
  1. Reproduce and analyze the views of social philosophers (Hobbes, Marx, Foucault) on power;
  2. Formulate the debates on desirable institutions and social justice (utilitarianism, Rawls) and evaluate the plausibility of the views in those debates;
  3. Formulate the pros and cons of meritocratic forms of organization and incentives, analyze their impact on individual motivation and apply them in concrete cases.
Learning goals Part 2
After this course the student will be able to;
  1. Describe the distinction between private, public and social realms;
  2. Explain how individuality and plurality interact;
  3. Analyze the ways in which instrumentality operates in modern societies;
  4. Elaborate how power is constituted by speech and action in the public realm and how it creates resistance against different forms of violence.
Content Part 1

The course consists in two parts. The first part focuses on ways in which individuals and institutions relate to each other. Three themes will be analyzed more fully:
  1. Power (Hobbes, Marx, Foucault);
  2. Ethics and justice (Mill, Bentham, Rawls);
  3. Meritocracy and incentives (Verhaeghe, Frey).
We discuss the relevance of these insights to understand how groups, societies and companies function. What role does power play? What exactly is desirable policy-making and what are the advantages and disadvantages of meritocratic organizations and societies and financial incentives?

Content Part 2

In this part of the course, we will investigate the contemporary theories of plurality in light of the views of the philosophers such as Arendt, Adorno, Habermas and Nancy. For this aim, first, we will explain the distinction between private, public and social realms, and second, we will examine the relations between individuality and plurality, and why plurality particularly matters today. As we shall see, this question will lead us to rethink and develop strategies (i) against violence, and (ii) for our capacities to form power.
Timetable information
Social Philosophy for Sociology
Required materials
Handbook Part 1
Title:Samenleving ter discussie
Author:Frans van Peperstraten
Powerpoint presentations via Canvas
Texts via Canvas
Recommended materials
Exam part 2

Midterm, exam part 1

Final result

Paper part 1

Paper part 2

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