Philosophy, Politics and the Middle East
Module code: V7091E
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework
Contemporary Middle Eastern politics raises many intricate philosophical questions. The aim of this course is to address some of them. Topics to be studied include:
- jihad and just war theory
- liberalism vs Islam
- democracy and freedom of speech
- freedom of belief
- what, if anything, is wrong with extremist beliefs?
- what, if anything, is wrong with conspiracy theories?
- democracy and religion
- patriotism and personal identity
- the ethics of immigration.
Module learning outcomes
- Idenitify the concerns and claims made by the just war theorists
- Understand and disyinguish between the different claims made by those who defend the right to freedom of speech.
- Present the arguments for and against the notion that national, ethnic, or religious identity can properly be part of one¿s personal identity.
- Argue systematically for his or her view concerning some of the philosophical issues raised by Middle Eastern Politics