Courses

Winter 2017

PHIL100 Introduction to Philosophy Sections

Basic problems and methods of Philosophy. Topics such as the existence of God, the nature and scope of human knowledge, the relationship between mind and body, personal identity, free will, issues and problems in moral philosophy. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 100 and either or both PHIL 101 or PHIL 102.

PHIL101 Introduction to Philosophy Sections

Basic problems and methods of philosophy. Topics such as the nature and scope of human knowledge, the existence of God, and the relationship between mind and body. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 100 or PHIL 101.

PHIL102 Introduction to Philosophy II Sections

Basic problems and methods of philosophy. Topics such as morality, personal identity, free will and determinism, and the meaning of life. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 100 or PHIL 102.

PHIL120 Introduction to Critical Thinking Sections

Tools for dealing with both everyday and more technical arguments and concepts. Analysis and resolution of confusions, ambiguities, and fallacies. This course is restricted to students with fewer than 90 credits.

PHIL125 Introduction to Scientific Reasoning Sections

Historical and logical analysis of various types of scientific hypotheses and the data that support or undermine them. This course is restricted to students with fewer than 90 credits.

PHIL211 Greek Philosophy I Sections

The Pre-Socratics; Socrates; Sophists; Plato. Recommended as preparation for PHIL 310.

PHIL212 Greek Philosophy II Sections

Aristotle; selections from Hellenistic and Late Antique Philosophy. Recommended as preparation for PHIL 310.

PHIL220 Symbolic Logic Sections

Sentential and predicate logic. Translation from natural language; truth tables and interpretations; systems of natural deduction up to relational predicate logic with identity; alternative proof methods. Some sections may use computer-based materials and tests.

PHIL230 Introduction to Ethics Sections

Theories of obligation and value; moral reasoning; normative ethics, descriptive ethics and meta-ethics. Readings in classic and contemporary texts.

PHIL235 Contemporary Moral Issues Sections

Moral issues such as life and death decisions, paternalism, markets, animal welfare, technology, and global justice.

PHIL240 Introduction to Epistemology Sections

Topics in epistemology such as skepticism, truth, justification, a priori and a posteriori knowledge. Readings from classic and contemporary texts.

PHIL250 Minds and Machines Sections

Philosophical and theoretical issues that pertain to how mental phenomena fit into the material world. Examine questions such as whether a sophisticated enough computer should be deemed a conscious intelligent being. Focus on philosophical literature on consciousness, intelligence, animal minds, and the mind-body relation. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 250 or PHIL 150.

PHIL260 Science and Society in the Contemporary World Sections

An introduction to the historical development, conceptual foundations, and cultural significance of contemporary science. Themes will vary from year to year.

PHIL310 The Philosophy of Plato Sections

A study of Plato's dialogues and his influence on subsequent philosophy.

PHIL311 The Philosophy of Aristotle Sections

A study of Aristotle's writings and his influence on subsequent philosophy.

PHIL314 Philosophy in the 17th Century Sections

Survey of 17th-century philosophy from Bacon to Leibniz, including the writings of Hobbes, Descartes, and Spinoza. The influence of science and religion on philosophical thought.

PHIL315 Philosophy in the 18th Century Sections

Survey of 18th-century philosophy from Locke to Kant, including the writings of Berkeley, Rousseau, and Hume. The influence of science and religion on philosophy.

PHIL316 Philosophy After 1800 Sections

Survey of 19th and 20th century philosophy. May include Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Mill, Meinong, Brentano, the British Idealists, Russell, and Moore. Social and political currents in 19th century philosophical thought.

PHIL320 Logic: Metatheory and Computability Sections

Continuation of PHIL 220. A system of deduction for predicate logic is selected for further study. Completeness of this system and other metatheoretic results are proved. Other topics include computability, recursive function theory, incompleteness and decidability.

PHIL321 Induction, Decision and Game Theory Sections

Formal methods relevant to probabilistic and inductive reasoning. Decision theory, game theory, axiomatic probability theory and its interpretations, belief dynamics, simulation and modelling.

PHIL326 Philosophy of Language I Sections

Philosophical discussion of language, meaning, and communication. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 326 or PHIL 425.

PHIL330 Social and Political Philosophy Sections

Theories of political and legal obligation and authority, legal reasoning, society and the state. Readings in classic and contemporary texts.

PHIL331 Business and Professional Ethics Sections

Moral problems in contemporary business and professional practice, general moral theory, the law, and policy formation. Corporate social and environmental responsibility, employee rights, preferential hiring and affirmative action programs, conflicts of interest, advertising, "whistle blowing" and self-regulation. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 331 or PHIL 434.

PHIL332 Environmental Ethics Sections

Moral problems arising in the context of human relationships to nature and to non-human living things, considered in terms of both general moral theory and policy formation. Topics include moral standing, animal rights, obligations to future generations, pollution, hazardous materials, the depletion of natural resources and the treatment of non-human living things. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 332 or PHIL 435.

PHIL333 Bio-Medical Ethics Sections

Moral problems arising in the health sciences, especially in medicine but also in biology, psychology, and social work. Topics include abortion, death and euthanasia, genetic engineering, behaviour modification, compulsory treatment, experimentation with human beings and animals, and the relationship between professionals and their patients, subjects or clients. No philosophical background is required. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 333 or PHIL 433.

PHIL334 Sex, Gender and Philosophy Sections

Relationship between sex, gender, and philosophy. Topics may include ethics, epistemology, science, social relations, law, and personhood.

PHIL335 Power and Oppression Sections

Philosophical approaches to historical problems of inequality and social harm, with readings drawn from historical and contemporary sources. Topics to be studied may include slavery, colonialism, labour, and the position of women in society.

PHIL338 Philosophy of Law Sections

Concepts of law, constitution and sovereignty; law and morality; natural law theories and legal positivism; obligation, responsibility, and punishment.

PHIL339 Philosophy of Art Sections

Topics include art and perception, art and reality, imagination, expression, censorship, and the role of art in human life.

PHIL340 Introduction to Metaphysics Sections

Topics in metaphysics such as the nature of physical reality, personal identity, the mind/body problem, free will, causation and action theory. Readings from classic and contemporary texts.

PHIL347 Philosophy of Religion Sections

A critical and analytical examination of arguments for and arguments against the existence of God, and other related topics. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 347 or PHIL 349.

PHIL360 Introduction to History and Philosophy of Science Sections

An examination of historical, conceptual and methodological conditions of scientific knowledge through detailed consideration of important episodes in the history of science.

PHIL362 History and Philosophy of Economics from Aristotle to Adam Smith Sections

The development of economic thought from Aristotle to Adam Smith, focusing primarily on the conceptual foundations of economics, particularly the problems of value, distribution, and economic growth.

PHIL363 History and Philosophy of Economics from Ricardo to Keynes Sections

The development of economic thought from David Ricardo up to the present, including such figures as Malthus, Mill, Jevons, and Keynes, focusing primarily on the conceptual foundations of economics, particularly the problems of value, distribution and growth.

PHIL364 Darwin, Evolution, and Modern History Sections

Darwin and the science of evolution in nineteenth and early twentieth century.

PHIL369 Philosophy of Science Sections

Issues common to all sciences. Philosophical questions including the character of scientific laws, theories and revolutions, the nature of scientific confirmation, causality, explanation and prediction, and the use of logic and probability. Difficulties in the interpretation of atomic physics and questions about relationships between biology and psychology. No philosophical background is assumed. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 369 or PHIL 460.

PHIL375 Philosophy and Literature Sections

Philosophical issues in works of literature or arising from theories of literary interpretation. Topics include issues relating to relativism, the nature of morality, free will, personal identity, the nature of the emotions.

PHIL385 Existentialism Sections

Meaning, identity and alienation as explored in the works for example of Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Sartre, and Camus.

PHIL388 Buddhist, Brahmanical and Jain Philosophers in Interaction. Sections

Debates on issues of epistemology, language and ontology among the philosophical schools or systems of classical India Nagarjuna, Bhartrhari, Uma-svati, Sankara and others.

PHIL390 Honours Tutorial Sections

For students in third-year Honours.

PHIL415 The Philosophy of Immanuel Kant Sections

Study of Kant's critical philosophy.

PHIL418 Topics in Twentieth-Century Philosophy Sections

Intensive study of a major philosopher such as Wittgenstein, Russell, or Heidegger, or school, such as pragmatism or logical empiricism.

PHIL432 Topics in Ethical Theory Sections

Classic or contemporary works in ethical theory.

PHIL441 Philosophy of Perception Sections

The contribution of the senses to knowledge of the external world; the nature of perception and its contribution to empirical knowledge.

PHIL448 Topics in Continental Philosophy Sections

A study of European philosophers from amongst Husserl, Heidegger, Habermas, Foucault, Derrida, Lacan, Levinas, and others. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 448 or PHIL 449.

PHIL451 Philosophy of Mind Sections

The nature of the mental and physical; the relation between minds and bodies; the character of psychological explanation.

PHIL461 Philosophy of Social Science Sections

Topics in the philosophy of science of special concern to the social and behavioural sciences; hypotheses and explanation; principles, theories, models; the formation of scientific concepts; the function of mathematics in social science.

PHIL487 Directed Reading Sections

PHIL489 Directed Reading Sections

PHIL490 Honours Tutorial Sections

For students in fourth-year Honours.

PHIL491 Seminar for Majors in Philosophy Sections

Selected problems in philosophy, with attention to methods of research. Check with the department for specific topics. Primarily for fourth-year Philosophy Major students, but also open to Philosophy Honours.