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Regular version of the site
Thomas Nagel's theory of justice

Dmitry Balashov.

Russian Sociological Review. 2023. Vol. 22. No. 4. P. 83-106.

Book chapter
Legal semiotics and types of arguments in human rights cases in Russia

Anita Soboleva.

In bk.: Research Handbook on Legal Semiotics. Research Handbooks in Legal Theory series. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023. Ch. 17. P. 254-266.

Working paper
Introducing Patent Linkage in Russia: An Odd Choice at Odd Times

Gavrilova O., Kotova D.

BRICS Competition Law and Policy Series. WP 22. Higher School of Economics, 2021

Off the Centre: Introduction to the Radical Political Thought

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Elective course
1 year, 4 module


Course Syllabus


Unification of the First World states under the banner of liberal democracy and the dominance of the human rights agenda as a common vocabulary of political elites sometimes create an illusion of the end of intellectual history. Liberalism promotes itself as a natural phenomenon, a default worldview of any society developed enough to fight the “perversions” of the extreme left and right alike. This “liberal millennialism” does not differ much in this respect from the Soviet insistence on Communism as being an unsurpassable pinnacle of political philosophy. The current events though show an altogether different picture – the growing discontent of the people on both sides of the political spectrum, leading to direct action and even violence, reminds us of the potent yet mostly hidden intellectual forces which always exist on the fringes of mainstream ideology. This course is an introduction to the history of radicalism in political philosophy. Through readings in classical and contemporary authors, lectures and class-room discussions the students will try to grasp the nature and the allure of radicalism as an ever-present mode of thinking about the things political.