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Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (2010/2011)
10.20 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.


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



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.


Health Ethics

examines concepts of health and illness and their ethical implications.

CR: the former PHIL 2803


Environmental Ethics

examines concepts of nature and their ethical implications.

CR: the former PHIL 2809


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 idea in film. A film or films will accompany each section.


History of Ancient Philosophy

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: the former Philosophy 3700, the former Philosophy 3701, and Philosophy 2702


Political Philosophy

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


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 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).