ADM 5139 - Authority, Power and Social Structure


Middle East Technical University

Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences

Department of Political and Public Administration

2012-2013 Academic Year

Spring Semester


ADM 5139 Authority, Power and Social Structure

 Inst: Assoc.Prof.  Dr. Fahriye Üstüner



I. A Brief History of the Public-Private distinction (5 weeks)


Weintraub, J. and Kumar K. (ed.), Public and Private in Thought and Practice, The              University of Chicago Press, 1997, Ch.1.


Degryse, A. “Sensus communis as a foundation for men as political beings: Arendt’s reading of Kant’s Critique of Judgment” in Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 37, no.3, 2011, pp.345-358.


Kant, I., ‘What is Enlightment’ On History, Indianapolis, 1963.


Kant, I., ‘On taste as a kind of sensus communis’ from Critique of the Power of 

         Judgement, Paul Guyer (ed.), Cambridge University Press, 2000.


Laursen, J.C. “The Subversive Kant: The Vocabulary of “Public” and “Publicity” in Political Theory, Vol.14, No.4 (Nov. 1986), 584-603.


Arendt, H., The Human Condition, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1958, pp.1-78; 175-247).


  ------------ Between Past and Future: Eight Exercises in Political Thought, Penguin Books, New York, 1968, (pp. 197-226).


  ----------- Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1982.


 Habermas, J., The Structural Transformation of The Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category                                                              of Bourgeois Society, (trans. by Thomas Burger) MIT Press, 1992,


II. Public Realm as a Sphere of Sociability (1 week)


Sennett, R., The Fall of Public Man, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1977.


Sennett, R., ‘The Modern Fear of Exposure’, ‘In the Presence of Difference’ from The Conscience of the Eye, Norton, New York, 1992


Simmel, G., ‘The Stranger’ and ‘Metropolis and Mental Life’, from On Individuality and Social Forms, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1971.


III. Public Sphere and Democracy (7 weeks)


 A) Politics of Difference and the Public Sphere


Benhabib, S., “Toward a Deliberative Model of Democratic Legitimacy” in Democracy and Difference (ed. S.Benhabib), Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1996.


Habermas, J., “Three Normative Models of Democracy” in Democracy and Difference (ed. S.Benhabib), Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1996.


  ---------------- Between Facts and Norms: Contributions to a Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy, Cambridge, 1996.


Mouffe, C., the Democratic Paradox, Verso, London, New York. 2000.


Rawls, J., Political Liberalism, New York, 1993.


Young, I., “Difference as a Resource for Democratic Communication”, in Democracy, D.Estlund (ed.) Blackwell Publishers, 2002, ch.8.


  B) The Role of the Religion in the Public Sphere  


Benhabib, S., the Claims of Culture, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2002. chs. 4, 5.


Kompridis, N. “Normative Hybridity/Neutralizing Culture” in Political Theory, vo.33, No.3, June 2005, pp.318-343.


Benhabib, S. “The “Claims” of Culture Properly Interpreted: Response to Nikolas Kompridis” in Political Theory, vol.34, number.3, June 2006, pp.383-388.


Habermas, J., ““The Political”: The Rational Meaning of a Questionable                                                                  Inheritance of Political Theology” in The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere, Columbia University Press, New York 2011, pp.15-34.


Habermas, J., Between Naturalism and Religion, Polity Press, 2008, chs. 5, 9, 10.


Boettcher, J.W. “Habermas, religion and the ethics of citizenship” in Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 35, no. 1-2, 2009, pp.215-238.


Chambers, S., “How Religion Speaks to the Agnostic: Habermas on the Persistent Value of Religion” in Constellations, vol. 14, No.2, 2007 (pp.210-223).


D’arcais, P.F., “Democracy on the Cross” in New Left Review, No. 62, March-April 2010.


Lafont, C. “Religion and The Public Sphere: What are the deliberative obligations of democratic citizenship? in Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol.35, no.1-2. 2009, pp.127-150.


IV. General Evaluation (1 week)


Rancierè, J., Disagreement: Politics and Philosophy. (Trans. Julia Rose) University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis-London, 1999.