Public Opinion in Literature and Philosophy

Literature proves to be the most accurate palimpsest to study the contents and effects of public opinion at specific times and places. Public opinion appears in many novels as a further character that determines the life of individuals and communities. Frequently, authors use literary fiction to condemn the power of the social psychological phenomenon. In this course, students analyze a literary work based on a pre-established questionnaire developed by public opinion’s authority Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann. The individual research is presented to the course and discussed in the class.

Students can also choose philosophical classics, thinkers who discussed in their works the nature of public opinion or its different manifestations and effects long before the term was established as a scientific field of research.