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Faculty of Arts (2014/2015)
12.22 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 Department.

  • Philosophy courses are designated by PHIL.

1000

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. Philosophy 1000, or the former Philosophy 1600, is not required for further courses in philosophy but is of particular value to students interested in the Social Sciences and Humanities. All sections of this course will qualify as a Research/Writing course for the B.A. Core Requirements.

CR: the former PHIL 1001, the former PHIL 1600

1100

Critical Thinking

aims to impart critical analytic skills: i.e., the ability to recognize good and bad arguments, to explain why a particular argument is good or bad, and a general understanding of why a good argument ought to persuade and a bad argument ought not to persuade.

CR: the former PHIL 1003

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 prerequisite for courses at the 3000 level or above in Philosophy programs. It is intended for students in first year who have completed one semester of university education. All sections of this course will qualify as a Research/Writing course for the B.A. Core Requirements.

CR: the former PHIL 2200

2000

Introduction to Metaphysics

is an introduction to the systematic inquiry into the nature of reality. Topic may include the nature of being, time, the question of God, appearance and reality, the one and the many, mind and matter, essence and existence.

2210

Logic

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

2220

Epistemology

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.

2300

Philosophy of Language and Mind

(same as Linguistics 2300 and the former Linguistics 2710) 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.

CR: Linguistics 2300, the former Linguistics 2710, the former PHIL 2710

2400

Introduction to Philosophy of Law

employs historical and contemporary sources to explore major traditions and concepts in the philosophy of law. Topics covered include natural law, legal positivism, the nature of legal interpretation, the relationship between law and morality, and the concepts of rights, responsibility, and justice.

2500-2550

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.

2541

Philosophy and Western Spirituality

will examine Western theories and practices of soul-care which parallel and resonate with Eastern approaches. We will learn what is distinctive to Western approaches with selections from Socrates, Jesus, Paul, Plotinus, Augustine, Eckhart, Alchemy, Freud, Jung and Foucault. Students will not only gain knowledge of this lost road in Western culture, but also an understanding of themselves.

2551

Health Ethics

examines concepts of health and illness and their ethical implications.

CR: the former PHIL 2803

2552

Mental Health Ethics

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

CR: the former PHIL 2802

2553

Biomedical Ethics

examines medical dilemmas from legal and ethical points of view.

CR: the former PHIL 2807

2561

Environmental Ethics

examines concepts of nature and their ethical implications.

CR: the former PHIL 2809

2571

Technology

examines concepts of technology and their ethical implications.

CR: the former PHIL 2801

2581

Philosophy of Film

introduces some of the central philosophers, topics and themes in the philosophy of film. Topics and themes include: the nature of film image, the relationship between film and “reality”, the social/ political role and function of film and the nature and value of the documentary. The course will also consider the representation of broader philosophical ideas in film. A film or films will accompany each section.

2582

Media Ethics

examines ethical issues and dilemmas arising in the realm of the mass media, within the context of foundational ethical theories and major philosophies of mass communication. Topics include the nature and structure of mass communication, the public sphere, and the role of the media in a functioning democracy. Subtopics include: propaganda, censorship, freedom of speech, and access to information and communication.

2591

Restorative Justice

- inactive course.

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.

CR: Classics 2701

2702

History of Modern Philosophy

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

CR: the former PHIL 3700, the former PHIL 3701

3110

Intermediate Logic

examines techniques and topics in the logic of propositions, of predicates and of induction and probability. Normally the second course in logic.

PR: PHIL 1200 and PHIL 2210 or permission of 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).
12.22.1 Philosophy of....Series

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.

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

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.

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

3160

Hermeneutics, Semiotics and Deconstruction

- inactive course.

3400

Political Philosophy

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

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

3500

Philosophy of Religion

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

CR: Religious Studies 3500

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

3600

Philosophy of the Humanities

examines the expression and interpretation in the humanistic disciplines: theology, history, art and literature, language.

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

3610

Philosophy and Literature

- inactive course.

3620

Philosophy of Art

- inactive course.

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).
12.22.2 Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Series

3730

Plato

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

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

3740

Aristotle

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

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

3760

Medieval Philosophy

(same as Medieval Studies 3004) is developments in Philosophy from Augustine to Ockham.

CR: Medieval Studies 3004

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

3790

Late Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

- inactive course.

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).
12.22.3 17th to 18th Century Series

3800

Descartes

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

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

3820

Rationalism

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

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

3830

Empiricism

- inactive course.

3840

Hume

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

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

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.

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

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.

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of 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).
12.22.4 19th Century Series

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.

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

3870

Utilitarianism

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

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

3880

Post-Idealist Thought

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

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

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.

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of 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).
12.22.5 20th to 21st Century Series

3910

Analytic Philosophy

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

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

3920

Phenomenology

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

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

3930

Pragmatism

examines the pragmatist standpoint from Peirce to the present.

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of the Department

3940

Existentialism

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

CR: the former PHIL 3980

PR: PHIL 1200 or permission of 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).
12.22.6 4000-Level and Higher

4100

Seminar in Logic and the Philosophy of Mathematics

topics will be announced by the Department.

PR: 6 credit hours in courses at the 3000 level or permission of the Department

4110

Seminar in Logic and the Philosophy of Mathematics

- inactive course.

4150

Seminar in the Philosophy of Science

- inactive course.

4200

Seminar in the Philosophy of Mind

- inactive course.

4250 and 4260

Seminar in Metaphysics and Epistemology

topics will be announced by the Department.

PR: 6 credit hours in courses at the 3000 level or permission of the Department

4300 and 4310

Seminar in Ethics topics

topics will be announced by the Department.

PR: 6 credit hours in courses at the 3000 level or permission of the Department

4350

Seminar in the Philosophy of Law

- inactive course.

4400

Seminar in Political Philosophy

- inactive course.

4450

Seminar in the Philosophy of History

- inactive course.

4500

Seminar in the Philosophy of Religion

- inactive course.

4520

Seminar in Philosophical Background to Literature

- inactive course.

4550

Seminar in the Philosophy of Language

- inactive course.

4560

Seminar in the Philosophy of Language

- inactive course.

4600

Seminar in Aesthetics

- inactive course.

4700-4790

Seminar in Special Authors and Texts

will be announced by the Department.

PR: 6 credit hours in courses at the 3000 level or permission of the Department

4800-4890

Seminar in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Philosophy

topics will be announced by the Department.

PR: 6 credit hours in courses at the 3000 level or permission of the Department

4900

Advanced Readings in Ethics

is an individualized course tailored to the specialized moral interests of each student.

PR: 6 credit hours in courses at the 3000 level or permission of the Department

4998

Comprehensive Examination

is part of the Honours program.

PR: 6 credit hours in courses at the 3000 level or permission of the Department

4999

Honours Essay

is part of the Honours program.

PR: 6 credit hours in courses at the 3000 level or permission of the Department

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.

UL: applicable only towards the Diploma in Applied Ethics

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).