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Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (2008/2009)
11.20 Philosophy

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 Division.


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.


Principles of 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).


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.

CR: former Philosophy 1001


Principles of Philosophy

(same as Philosophy 1200) is offered to students beyond first year.

CR: Philosophy 1200



is an introduction to traditional and modern logic open in any year to all students wishing acquaintance with basic logical skills.


Principles of Human Knowledge

are 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.


Moral Philosophy

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


History of Ancient Philosophy

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

CR: Classics 2701


History of Modern Philosophy

is survey of the development of western Philosophy since the seventeenth century.

CR: Philosophy 3700, Philosophy 3701, and Philosophy 2702


Contemporary Issues

is defined by its aim: to provide students with an opportunity to develop the philosophical dimension primarily, in areas of practical concern. Issues dealt with are chiefly contemporary ones: technology, bioethics, leisure, professional ethics, role of education, materialism, human rights and others of the kind.


Political Philosophy

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


Philosophy of the Humanities

is expression and interpretation in the humanistic disciplines: theology, history, art and literature, language. Philosophical Hermeneutics.


Philosophy and Literature

is a study of the interrelationship of thought and imagination in philosophical and literary forms of writing.



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



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



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



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


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.



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



is the philosophy and literature of Existentialism from Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Dostoevsky to Sartre, de Beauvoir and Camus.

CR: Philosophy 3940


Seminar in Metaphysics and Epistemology


Seminar in Special Authors and Texts

will have topics to be studied announced by the Department.

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).