2004 - 2005 Calendar

FACULTY OF ARTS

PHILOSOPHY COURSE LIST

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

Some sections of Philosophy 1200, 1600, 2200, and 2800-2810 may qualify as Research/Writing courses for the B.A. Core requirements. Consult each semester's Registration Booklet for the R/W designation.

1200. Introduction to Philosophy. A general introduction to the study of Philosophy both as a contemporary intellectual discipline and as a body of knowledge. The course covers the main divisions, fundamental questions and essential terminology of Philosophy through a reading of classical texts. (It is a required course for further courses in Philosophy programs. It is intended for students in first year who have completed one semester of university education).
NOTE: This course has no prerequisite.

1600. Philosophy of Human Nature. An approach to philosophical thinking by way of analysis and critique of theories of human nature, classical and modern, and the world views associated with them.
NOTES: 1) This course has no prerequisite.
2) Credit may not be obtained for both Philosophy 1600 and the former Philosophy 1001.

2200. Introduction to Philosophy. (Same as 1200 above but offered to students beyond first year.)
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both 1200 and 2200).

2210. Logic. An introduction to traditional and modern logic open in any year to all students wishing acquaintance with basic logical skills.
No prerequisite.

2220. Principles of Human Knowledge. Various concepts of knowledge - empirical, rational, transcendental, systematic. Their metaphysical grounds and implications. The concept of scientific knowledge; real and abstract entities; objectivity and subjectivity.

2230. Moral Philosophy. The sources and validity of ethical principles which underlie individual and social action.

2701. History of Ancient Philosophy. (Same as Classics 2701). A survey of the origin and development of Western philosophy among the Greeks and Romans.

2702. History of Modern Philosophy. A survey of the development of Western philosophy since the 17th century.
NOTE: Credit may be obtained for only ONE of 3700, 3701, 2702.

2800, 2804, 2805, 2806, 2808, 2810. Contemporary Issues. Each course in this series discusses the philosophical dimensions of an area of practical concern such as: contemporary culture, professional ethics, leisure, education, the mass media, gender, war, and human rights.

2801. Technology. Concepts of technology and their ethical implications.

2802. Mental Health Ethics. Concepts of mental health and illness and their ethical implications.

2803. Health Ethics. Concepts of health and illness and their ethical application.

2807. Biomedical Ethics and the Law. Medical dilemmas from legal and ethical points of view.

2809. Environmental Ethics. Concepts of nature and their ethical implications.

3110. Elements of Symbolic Logic. Techniques and topics in the logic of propositions, of predicates and of induction and probability. Normally the second course in logic.

3120. Philosophy of Language. The course investigates various uses of language and its relationship to thought, as well as particular features of language, such as meaning, synonymy, reference, translation and interpretation.

3150. Philosophy of the Natural Sciences. Major issues in the origins, methods and philosophical implications of science. Science as a form of knowledge; its relation to metaphysics; to more general theories of knowledge. Science and values.

3160. Philosophy of the Human Sciences. - inactive course.

3400. Political Philosophy. Leading philosophical ideas concerning the origin and justification of political institutions.

3500. Philosophy of Religion. (Same as Religious Studies 3500.) The philosophical aspects of religious belief, religious language and theology.

3600. Philosophy of the Humanities. Expression and interpretation in the humanistic disciplines: theology, history, art and literature, language. Philosophical Hermeneutics.

3610. Philosophy and Literature. - inactive course.

3620. Philosophy of Art. (Same as Visual Arts 3620). - inactive course.

3730. Plato. Selections from the works of the Greek "lovers of wisdom"-the first philosophers - particularly Plato.

3740. Aristotle. The works and legacy of perhaps the most influential systematic thinker of all time.

3760. Medieval Philosophy. (Same as Medieval Studies 3004). - inactive course.

3790. Late Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy. - inactive course.

3800. Descartes. A systematic introduction to the works and thought of the "father of modern philosophy".

3820. Rationalism. A study of rationalism in Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz and of subsequent developments of this standpoint.

3830. Empiricism. A study of classical empiricism in the works of Locke, Berkeley and Hume and of later developments of this philosophical standpoint.

3840. Hume. A study of the work and influence of Hume on theories of knowledge, metaphysics and moral philosophy.

3850. Kant's Theory of Knowledge. An introduction to the work of one of the most influential thinkers of the modern era, concentrating on his theory of knowledge, particularly as stated in the Critique of Pure Reason.

3851. Kant's Ethics. An introduction to the work of one of the most influential thinkers of the modern era, concentrating on his ethics, particularly as stated in The Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals and The Critique of Practical Reason.

3860. Hegel. Selections from Hegel's system with emphasis on the nature of dialectical and speculative philosophy and its enormous influence in the present time.

3870. Utilitarianism. Moral, political and jurisprudential themes in Bentham, J.S. Mill and their followers. Recent utilitarian theories.

3880. Post-Idealist Thought. 19th century reactions to idealist systems, the critique of Metaphysics, the rise of Positivism.

3890. Marxism. The political, social and historical theories of Marx and Engels and their later developments; themes in Marxist analysis of class and capitalism.

3900. Process Philosophy. - inactive course.

3910. Analytic Philosophy. Selections from established texts in contemporary analytic philosophy: Russell, Carnap, Wittgenstein and others.

3920. Phenomenology. An introduction to the philosophy of Husserl and some of his followers, e.g. Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty.

3930. Pragmatism. The pragmatist standpoint from Peirce to the present.

3940. Existentialism. The philosophy and literature of Existentialism from Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Dostoevsky to Sartre, de Beauvoir and Camus.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both 3980 and 3940.

3950. Recent Philosophy. - inactive course.

NOTE: Except with permission of the department, students will not be admitted to 4000 level courses without having completed a minimum of six credit hours in courses at the 3000 level.

4100. Seminar in Logic and the Philosophy of Mathematics.

4110. Seminar in Logic and the Philosophy of Mathematics. - inactive course.

4150. Seminar in the Philosophy of Science.

4160. Seminar in the Philosophy of Science. - inactive course.

4200, 4210. Seminar in the Philosophy of Mind. - inactive course.

4250, 4260. Seminar in Metaphysics and Epistemology.

4300, 4310. Seminar in Ethics.

4350, 4360. Seminar in the Philosophy of Law. - inactive course.

4400, 4410. Seminar in Political Philosophy. - inactive course.

4450, 4460. Seminar in the Philosophy of History. - inactive course.

4500, 4510. Seminar in the Philosophy of Religion. (Same as Religious Studies 4500 and 4510). - inactive course.

4520, 4530. Seminar in Philosophical Background to Literature. - inactive course.

4550. Seminar in the Philosophy of Language.

4560. Seminar in the Philosophy of Language. - inactive course.

4600, 4610. Seminar in Aesthetics. - inactive course.

4700-4790. Seminar in Special Authors and Texts.

4800-4890. Seminar in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Philosophy.

4900. Advanced Readings in Ethics. An individualized course tailored to the specialized moral interests of each student.

4998. Comprehensive Examination.

4999. Honours Essay.

5000. Instructional Field Placement in Applied Ethics. A part-time, one semester period of practical work designed to provide experience in medical, psychiatric, environmental, or other similar settings. Students may be placed, e.g., in a government policy office or a hospital.
NOTE: Credit for this course can be used only towards the Diploma in Applied Ethics.


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