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Faculty of Arts (2006/2007)
6.22 Philosophy
6.22.1 General

Philosophy courses may be taken singly as general arts electives or as part of a Minor, Major, Honours or multidisciplinary program. Normally, Philosophy 1200/2200 is a prerequisite for all philosophy courses at the 3000 level and above, though all courses are open to any student as electives with the permission of the Head of Department. Philosophy 1600 is not required for further courses in philosophy, but is of particular value to students interested in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

6.22.2 Minor Program

The minor program in Philosophy consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours in courses which must be chosen in accordance with the following requirements:

  1. Philosophy 1200 or 2200, Philosophy 2210 or 2220, Philosophy 2230 or 3400, Philosophy 2701 or 2702

  2. A major author course i.e. one of 3730, 3740, 3800, 3840, 3850

  3. An additional 9 credit hours in Philosophy courses

Notes:

  1. Students declaring a Minor in Philosophy may choose to have a program advisor by mutual agreement with a member of the Philosophy department.

  2. Of the courses numbered 1001, 1003, 1600 and those numbered 2800-2810, not more than two may be counted towards the Minor.

6.22.3 Major Program

The major program in Philosophy consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses chosen in accordance with the following requirements:

  1. Philosophy 1200 or 2200, Philosophy 2210, Philosophy 2220, Philosophy 2230 or 3400, Philosophy 2701 or 2702, Philosophy 3730 or 3740, Philosophy 3800 or 3840 or 3850, Philosophy 3910 or 3920 or 3940

  2. One course in the 4700-4790 series

  3. One course in the 4800-4890 series

  4. An additional 6 credit hours in Philosophy courses

Notes:

  1. Students declaring a major in Philosophy must choose a program advisor in consultation with the Head of the Department and the faculty member concerned.

  2. Of the courses numbered 1001, 1003, 1600 and those numbered 2800-2810, not more than two may be counted towards the Major.

6.22.4 Honours Program

The full Honours program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours in Philosophy courses; Joint Honours requires a minimum of 45 credit hours in Philosophy courses. These must include:

  1. Philosophy 1200 or 2200, Philosophy 2210, Philosophy 2220, Philosophy 2230 or 3400, Philosophy 2701 or 2702, Philosophy 3730 or 3740, Philosophy 3800 or 3840 or 3850, Philosophy 3910, Philosophy 3920 or 3940

  2. One course in the 4700-4790 series

  3. One course in the 4800-4890 series

  4. An additional 3 credit hours in courses at the 4000 level

  5. Either Philosophy 4998 or 4999

  6. Candidates for Joint Honours must choose 4998*

  7. Candidates for full Honours may take 4999 only with permission of the Department.

  8. Other Philosophy courses to a total of 60 credit hours for Full Honours, 45 credit hours for Joint Honours.

* Candidates for Joint Honours who elect to fulfill the honours requirement in the other discipline are not required to take the Comprehensive Examination. (See General Regulations for the Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts)

6.22.5 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

is 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

is 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

is the same as 1200 above but offered to students beyond first year.

Note:

Credit may not be obtained for both 1200 and 2200).

2210

Logic

is 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

examines 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

examines the sources and validity of ethical principles which underlie individual and social action.

2701

History of Ancient Philosophy

(same as Classics 2701) is a survey of the origin and development of Western philosophy among the Greeks and Romans.

2702

History of Modern Philosophy

is a survey of the development of Western philosophy since the 17th century.

Note:

Credit may be obtained for only one of 3700, 3701, 2702.

2710

Philosophy of Language and Mind

is a survey of philosophical thinking about human language and thought, and about how these phenomena relate to the rest of the natural world. Topics covered include the nature of language, the relations between thought and language, and the nature of consciousness.

2800, 2804, 2805, 2806, 2808 and 2810

Contemporary Issues

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

examines concepts of technology and their ethical implications.

2802

Mental Health Ethics

examines concepts of mental health and illness and their ethical implications.

2803

Health Ethics

examines concepts of health and illness and their ethical application.

2807

Biomedical Ethics and the Law

examines medical dilemmas from legal and ethical points of view.

2809

Environmental Ethics

examines concepts of nature and their ethical implications.

Note:

Except with permission of the department, Philosophy 1200/2200 is a prerequisite for all Philosophy courses at the 3000-level and above.

3110

Elements of Symbolic Logic

examines 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

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

examines 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

examines leading philosophical ideas concerning the origin and justification of political institutions.

3500

Philosophy of Religion

(same as Religious Studies 3500) examines the philosophical aspects of religious belief, religious language and theology.

3600

Philosophy of the Humanities

examines the 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

- inactive course.

3730

Plato

examines selections from the works of the Greek "lovers of wisdom"-the first philosophers - particularly Plato.

3740

Aristotle

examines the works and legacy of perhaps the most influential systematic thinker of all time.

3760

Medieval Philosophy

- inactive course.

3790

Late Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

- inactive course.

3800

Descartes

is a systematic introduction to the works and thought of the "father of modern philosophy".

3820

Rationalism

is a study of rationalism in Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz and of subsequent developments of this standpoint.

3830

Empiricism

is a study of classical empiricism in the works of Locke, Berkeley and Hume and of later developments of this philosophical standpoint.

3840

Hume

is a study of the work and influence of Hume on theories of knowledge, metaphysics and moral philosophy.

3850

Kant's Theory of Knowledge

is 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

is 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

examines 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

examines moral, political and jurisprudential themes in Bentham, J.S. Mill and their followers. Recent utilitarian theories.

3880

Post-Idealist Thought

examines 19th century reactions to idealist systems, the critique of Metaphysics, the rise of Positivism.

3890

Marxism

examines 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

examines selections from established texts in contemporary analytic philosophy: Russell, Carnap, Wittgenstein and others.

3920

Phenomenology

is an introduction to the philosophy of Husserl and some of his followers, e.g. Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty.

3930

Pragmatism

examines the pragmatist standpoint from Peirce to the present.

3940

Existentialism

examines 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 6 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 and 4210

Seminar in the Philosophy of Mind

- inactive course.

4250 and 4260

Seminar in Metaphysics and Epistemology

4300 and 4310

Seminar in Ethics

4350 and 4360

Seminar in the Philosophy of Law

- inactive course.

4400 and 4410

Seminar in Political Philosophy

- inactive course.

4450 and 4460

Seminar in the Philosophy of History

- inactive course.

4500 and 4510

Seminar in the Philosophy of Religion

- inactive course.

4520 and 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 and 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

is 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

is 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.