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FIL4340 – Political philosophy

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Course content

The course on political philosophy discusses key original works by Hobbes, Hegel, John Stuart Mill, John Rawls, Nancy Fraser and Axel Honneth.
Central issues: the relationship between individual and state, the political role of civil society, challenges connected to contemporary multiculturalism in Western societies, the primacy of distributional justice versus the primacy of recognition.

Learning outcome

The course seeks to give the students a comprehensive understanding of the
most influential positions developed within political and social
philosophy in the West from Hobbes to the present.


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Recommended previous knowledge

FIL1003 – Etikk


14 double sessions with seminar.

Compulsory tuition activity:

An oral presentation in class of approximately 15-25 minutes. The presentation must be accepted as satisfactory in order for you to qualify for the final exam.


A 4-hours school exam and an essay of approximately 10-15 pages à 2.300 characters, excl. bibliography. The topic of the essay must be chosen together with the teacher.

You submit your essay in Fronter within the given deadline.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

How to ask for individual explantion of grade
How to file a complaint against your grade

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)