It is no exaggeration to say that liberal constitutionalism is in crisis. Modern societies have been for a long time permeated by strong political and moral disagreements. With the rise of populism and nationalist politics in Europe, US and beyond, the situation seems to have become radicalized in recent years. Disagreements are now so widespread that the very basic notions of democracy and of political community are at stake. This raises a number of questions about the nature and purpose of politics, its relation to law, as well as the function of legal and political institutions.
In order to discuss these questions, this course will introduce you to the works of various legal, political and social philosophers about controversial topics such as freedom of expression and speech, pornography, hate speech, abortion, euthanasia, fake news as well as to seminal texts about the nature of democracy and rights in liberal and non-liberal traditions (e.g. communitarianism).