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  1. Preliminary/Background Reading 13 items
    1. Tragedy and international relations - Toni Erskine, Richard Ned Lebow 2012 (electronic book)

      Book 

    2. Culture and the death of God - Terry Eagleton 2014

      Book 

    3. A secular age - Charles Taylor 2007

      Book 

    4. The theological origins of modernity - Michael Allen Gillespie 2008 (electronic book)

      Book 

    5. Philosophical myths of the fall - Stephen Mulhall 2005

      Book 

  2. Week 1: Introduction: The ‘Death of God’ and the Crisis of Modern Politics 18 items
    1. Discussion Topics:

      -What is the nature of the crisis of modernity?

      -Do people in the Western world live in post-metaphysical societies?

      -Is the world moving into a post-secular age?

    2. Required Readings 4 items
      1. The crisis of reason: European thought, 1848-1914 - J. W. Burrow 2000

        Book  Chapters 4 (digitised), 5 and 6.

      2. Politics as a Vocation

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      3. Kant and the Death of God

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    3. Recommended Readings 13 items
      1. The morals of modernity - Charles E. Larmore 1996

        Book 

      2. The Permanence of the Theologico-Political? - Claude Lefort

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      3. Max Weber, rationality and modernity - Sam Whimster, Scott Lash 2006

        Book 

      4. Athens and Jerusalem - Leo Strauss

        Chapter 

      5. Order and history: Vol.5: In search of order - Eric Voegelin, Ellis Sandoz (ed.) 2000

        Book 

  3. Week 2: Friedrich Nietzsche and the European Crisis in Meaning 24 items
    1. Discussion Topics:

      -Why is a madman announcing the death of God in Nietzsche?

      -Is metaphysics dead in the West after Nietzsche?

      -What are the political implications of Nietzsche's extraordinary announcement?

    2. Required Readings 4 items
      1. Beyond good and evil: prelude to a philosophy of the future - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Rolf-Peter Horstmann, Judith Norman 2002

        Book 

      2. The gay science: with a prelude in German rhymes and an appendix of songs - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Bernard Williams, Josefine Nauckhoff, Adrian Del Caro 2001

        Book  Sections 108 (New Struggles), 125 (The Madman), 341 (The Greatest Weight) and 343 (The Meaning of our Cheerfulness). All digitised.

      3. Political theory and modernity - William E. Connolly 1988

        Book  Chapters 1 and 5 (digitised).

    3. Recommended Readings 19 items
      1. The new Nietzsche: contemporary styles of interpretation - David B. Allison 1977

        Book  Articles by Blanchot and Valadier.

      2. Politics of friendship - Jacques Derrida, George Collins (trans.) 2005

        Book  Chapters 2-3.

      3. Religion - Jacques Derrida, Gianni Vattimo, David Webb (trans.) 1997

        Book  Chapter by Derrida, ‘Faith and Knowledge’.

      4. Lives Worth Living in A Secular Age - Hubert L. Dreyfus, Sean Kelly

        Chapter 

      5. Letter on Humanism - Martin Heidegger, Frank A. Capuzzi (trans.)

        Chapter 

      6. Philosophical myths of the fall - Stephen Mulhall 2005

        Book  Chapter 1. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      7. Untimely meditations - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, R. J. Hollingdale (trans.) 1997

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      8. The Nietzsche reader - Keith Ansell-Pearson, Duncan Large 2006

        Book 

  4. Week 3: The Problem of Evil: Theodicy and Human Suffering 33 items
    1. Discussion Topics:

      -Can we make a distinction between natural and moral evil?

      -Does the concept of political evil make any sense? Is it helpful?

      -Is the doctrine of original sin compatible with individual moral responsibility for evil?

    2. Required Readings 5 items
      1. Introduction: the Problem of Evil - William E. Connolly

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. Philosophical myths of the fall - Stephen Mulhall 2005

        Book  Introduction. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    3. Recommended Readings 27 items
      1. Original sin: a code of fallibility - Christophe Boureux, Christoph Theobald 2004

        Book 

      2. Pluralism and Evil - William E. Connolly

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      3. The idea of evil - Peter Dews 2013

        Book 

      4. The Anthropology of evil - David Parkin 1985

        Book 

      5. The Executioner - Joseph de Maistre 2009

        Book 

      6. Evil and international relations: human suffering in an age of terror - Renée Jeffery 2008

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      7. Evil and Theodicy - William L. Rowe 1988

        Article 

      8. Facing evil - John Kekes 1990

        Book 

      9. Politics and Evil - Sergei Prozorov

        Chapter 

      10. On Evil - Adam Morton 2004

        Book 

      11. The symbolism of evil - Paul Ricoeur, Emerson Buchanan (trans.) 1969

        Book 

  5. Week 4: The Idea of Tragedy and its Pertinence to International Politics 24 items
    1. Discussion Topics:

      -Do you agree with Oakeshott and Rengger that 'tragedy' is an aesthetic rather than an ethico-political category?

      -Compare and contrast the use of 'tragedy' in the work of Mearsheimer and Lebow.

      -Does the concept of tragedy have any relevance to contemporary IPT debates?

    2. Required Readings 2 items
      1. Tragedy and International Relations - Toni Erskine, Richard Ned Lebow 2012 (electronic book)

        Book  Frost, M., ‘Tragedy, Ethics and International Relations’; Mayall, J., ‘Tragedy, Progress and International Order: A Response to Frost’; Rengger, N. ‘Tragedy or Scepticism? Defending the Anti-Pelagian Mind in World Politics’; Lebow N. L., ‘Tragedy, Politics and Political Science’; Brown, C., ‘Tragedy, ‘Tragic Choices’ and Contemporary International Political Theory’; Euben, J. P., ‘The Tragedy of Tragedy’.

    3. Recommended Readings 21 items
      1. Tragedy is not enough - Karl Jaspers, trans. H. A. T. Reiche, H. T. Moore, K. W. Deutsch 1969

        Book 

      2. The tragic idea - Vassilis Lambropoulos 2012

        Book 

      3. The tragic vision of politics: ethics, interests and orders - Richard Ned Lebow 2003

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      4. The tragedy of great power politics - John J. Mearsheimer 2014

        Book  Multiple copies of an earlier edition also available at classmark D397.M4.

      5. The birth of tragedy out of the spirit of music - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Shaun Whiteside (trans.) 1993

        Book 

      6. The death of tragedy - George Steiner 1961

        Book 

      7. An essay on the tragic - Peter Szondi, Paul Fleming (trans.) 2002

        Book 

      8. Tragedy, modernity and mourning - Olga Taxidou 2004 (electronic book)

        Book 

      9. Nietzsche: The Tragic Ethos and the Spirit of Music - T. Strong

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      10. Shame and necessity - Bernard Williams 1993

        Book 

  6. Week 5: Modernity as a Political-Theological Problem: Gnosticism and the critique of secularisation 26 items
    1. Discussion Topics:

      -Is modernity a process of secularisation or a theologico-political project?

      -Can we read 20th century totalitarianism as a form of modern day Gnosticism?

      -Is messianism always a dangerous temptation?

    2. Required Readings 4 items
      1. The legitimacy of the modern age - Hans Blumenberg 1983

        Book  See pp. 89-102 (digitised) and 127-136.

      2. The new science of politics: an introduction - Eric Voegelin 1987

        Book  See pp.107-189 (pp. 107-132 digitised).

    3. Recommended Readings 21 items
      1. Mystical Anarchism - Simon Critchley

        Chapter 

      2. Meaning in history - Karl Löwith 1949

        Book 

  7. Week 6: Hans Morgenthau: The tragedy of power politics 25 items
    1. Discussion Topics:

      -Why are we condemned to theorise 'under an empty sky where gods have departed', according to Morgenthau?

      -Is morality eclipsed by power politics in Morgenthau's political ethics?

      -Is Morgenthau's tragic vision of politics an invitation to despair and inaction?

    2. Required Readings 4 items
      1. Scientific man vs. power politics - Hans J. Morgenthau 1974

        Book 

    3. Recommended Readings 20 items
      1. The hidden history of realism: a genealogy of power politics - Seán Molloy 2006

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. Science: servant or master? - Hans J. Morgenthau 1972

        Book 

      3. A Theoretical Missed Opportunity? Hans J. Morgenthau as Critical Realist - William E. Scheuerman

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      4. Hans Morgenthau: realism and beyond - William E. Scheuerman 2009

        Book 

  8. Week 7: Politics after Auschwitz: Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism and the Banality of Evil 19 items
    1. Discussion Topics:

      -Is Arendt's reconceptualisation of evil salient?

      -Is totalitarianism an exclusively modern phenomenon?

      -Why is the political under threat in modern mass societies?

    2. Required Readings 4 items
      1. The Vita Activa and the Modern Age - Hannah Arendt

        Chapter  Part VI. Chapter 35, 'World Alientation' has been digitised.

      2. Crisis in Culture - Hannah Arendt

        Chapter  Digitised.

    3. Recommended Readings 14 items
      1. The life of the mind - Hannah Arendt 1978

        Book 

      2. The promise of politics - Hannah Arendt, Jerome Kohn (ed.) 2005

        Book 

      3. Lectures on Kant's political philosophy - Hannah Arendt, Ronald Beiner (ed.) 1982

        Book 

      4. Understanding and Politics - Hannah Arendt

        Chapter 

      5. Democracy and totalitarianism - Raymond Aron, Valence Ionescu (trans.) 1970

        Book 

      6. Hannah Arendt: key concepts - Patrick Hayden 2014

        Book 

      7. Power, judgment and political evil: in conversation with Hannah Arendt - Andrew Schaap, Danielle Celermajer, Vrasidas Karalis 2010 (electronic book)

        Book 

  9. Week 8: Saving Modernity from Itself? The Christian Realists 33 items
    1. Discussion Topics:

      -How does Niebuhr's theological anthropology explain his Cold War politics?

      -How Christian is Elshtain's defence of the 'War on Terror'?

      -Is Augustinian realism pessimistic?

    2. Required Readings 4 items
      1. Christianity and history - Herbert Butterfield 1949

        Book  Chapters II (digitised), IV and V.

      2. Just war against terror: the burden of American power in a violent world - Jean Bethke Elshtain 2004

        Book  Chapters 3, 4 , 7 and 12. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    3. Recommended Readings 28 items
      1. Christianity and power politics - Reinhold Niebuhr 1969

        Book 

      2. Sovereignty: God, state, and self - Jean Bethke Elshtain 2012

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      3. Reinhold Niebuhr - William Werpehowski

        Chapter 

      4. Reinhold Niebuhr and contemporary politics: God and power - Richard Harries, Stephen Platten 2010 (electronic book)

        Book 

      5. Augustine and the limits of politics - Jean Bethke Elshtain 1995

        Book  Chapters 2, 3 and 5.

      6. Christian Pacifism - Martin Wight 1936

        Article  Digitised.

      7. Augustine - Jean-Bethke Elshtain

        Chapter 

  10. Week 9: Saving Modernity from Itself? The Frankfurt School and Political Theology 23 items
    1. Discussion Topics:

      -What is the place of hope in Benjamin's messianism?

      -Is human emancipation a 'message in a bottle' for a future generation?

      -Do theological insights need to be translated in secular terms to have a place in a public conversation?

    2. Required Readings 4 items
      1. Enlightenment and Theology as Unfinished Projects - Helmut Peukert

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. Religion as Ritual, Communicative, and Critical Praxis - Edmund Arens

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    3. Recommended Readings 18 items
      1. Message in a Bottle - Theodore Adorno

        Chapter 

      2. The Concept of Enlightenment - Theodore Adorno, Max Horkheimer

        Chapter 

      3. On the Concept of Philosophy - Max Horkheimer

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      4. The power of religion in the public sphere - Judith Butler (et al.) 2011

        Book 

      5. Of critical theory and its theorists - Stephen Eric Bronner 2002

        Book 

      6. On the Relations Between the Secular Liberal State and Religion - Jürgen Habermas

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      7. Towards a post-secular political order? - Mariano Barbato, Friedrich Kratochwil 2009

        Article 

      8. Political ontology and international political thought: voiding a pluralist world - Vassilis Paipais 2017

        Book  Chapter 6 [Available in the Library and as an e-book]

      9. Faith in history and society: toward a practical fundamental theology - Johannes Baptist Metz, James Matthew Ashley (trans.) 2007

        Book 

      10. A passion for God: the mystical-political dimension of Christianity - Johannes Baptist Metz, James Matthew Ashley (trans.) 1998

        Book 

  11. Week 10: Postmodern Political Theology and the New Pluralism 29 items
    1. Discussion Topics:

      -Is post-secularity an overcoming or an intensification of secularism?

      -Is the idea of the messianic a useful way of thinking through the deadlocks of modernity?

      -Can political theology contribute to a pluralistic framework of conversation between political communities?

    2. Required Readings 4 items
      1. The Conceits of Secularism - William Connolly

        Chapter  Digitised.

      2. Integral pluralism: beyond culture wars - Fred R. Dallmayr 2010

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    3. Recommended Readings 24 items
      1. Religion Today - Charles Taylor

        Chapter 

      2. A radical philosophy of Saint Paul - Stanislas Breton, trans. Joseph N. Ballan 2011 (electronic book)

        Book 

      3. Saint Paul: the foundation of universalism - Alain Badiou, trans. Ray Brassier 2003

        Book 

      4. Theopolitical imagination - William T. Cavanaugh 2002

        Book 

      5. After the Death of God - John D. Caputo, Gianni Vattimo 2007

        Book 

      6. Political Theology Today - John Milbank

        Chapter 

      7. Theology and the political: the new debate - Creston Davis, John Milbank, Slavoj Žižek 2005

        Book 

      8. Millennium (Special Issue): Vol. 42, Issue 1 2013

        Journal  Forum: ‘International Relations and the ‘Death of God’.

      9. The monstrosity of Christ: paradox or dialectic? - Slavoj Žižek, John Milbank 2009

        Book 

      10. St. Paul among the philosophers - John D. Caputo, Linda Alcoff 2009

        Book 

  12. Week 11 1 item
    1. Revision and conclusions.

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