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Honours Philosophy (60 credits)

Offered by: Philosophy     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

According to Faculty regulations, Honours students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and maintain a minimum program GPA of 3.00.

Admission to Honours: Students must attain a 3.00 CGPA and have a 3.00 GPA in Philosophy courses.

Required Courses (15 credits)

  • PHIL 210 Introduction to Deductive Logic 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An introduction to propositional and predicate logic; formalization of arguments, truth tables, systems of deduction, elementary metaresults, and related topics.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Summer 2015

    Instructors: Oran Magal (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken MATH 318
  • PHIL 301 Philosophical Fundamentals (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An intensive study of basic philosophical skills; reading, writing, analysis, and argumentation.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Marguerite Deslauriers (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: two previous courses in philosophy, one of which must be PHIL 210 or written consent of the Department
    • Restriction: Open only to and required of Philosophy Honours and Joint Honours students
  • PHIL 334 Ethical Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A course focusing on central questions in ethical theory such as the nature of the good and the right and the factors which determine moral rightness and wrongness.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Sarah Stroud (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: one of PHIL 230, PHIL 237, PHIL 242, PHIL 343, or written permission of the instructor
  • PHIL 499 Tutorial 06 (6 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : Open to third year Full Honours students in Philosophy, and to other students, with consent of the Department.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Complementary Courses (45 credits)

45 credits distributed as follows:

3 credits from:

  • PHIL 306 Philosophy of Mind (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A survey of major positions of the mind-body problem, focusing on such questions as: Do we have minds and bodies? Can minds affect bodies? Is mind identical to body? If so, in what sense "identical"? Can physical bodies be conscious.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Andrew Reisner (Fall)

  • PHIL 310 Intermediate Logic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A second course in Logic. NB. The course will be technical in nature, and some mathematical aptitude is essential. The emphasis is on the expressive properties of standard logical systems, including implications for the philosophy of mathematics. We will study the Completeness of First-Order Logic, then the 'limitative' theorems of Tarski and Gödel.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 210 or equivalent
  • PHIL 370 Problems in Analytic Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An introduction to the central questions in the analytic tradition, through the works of important early figures in that tradition. Philosophers to be discussed may include: Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Ramsay, Carnap and the "logical positivists".

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • PHIL 410 Advanced Topics in Logic 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A course focusing on central results in logic that are of philosophical significance.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: R Storrs McCall (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 310 or equivalent
  • PHIL 411 Topics in Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A course focusing on some philosophical issue (e.g., the nature of numbers or the relation of truth to provability) as it arises in the study of mathematics and logic.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: PHIL 210 or the equivalent, and one intermediate course in philosophy
  • PHIL 415 Philosophy of Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of central notions in the philosophy of language (reference, meaning, and truth, e.g.), the puzzles these notions give rise to, and the relevance of these notions to such questions as: What is language? How is communication possible? What is understanding? Is language rule-governed.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Oran Magal (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: PHIL 210 or equivalent and one intermediate course in philosophy
  • PHIL 419 Epistemology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A discussion of central topics in the theory of knowledge. The questions addressed in the course may include: What is knowledge? Do we have any knowledge? What is the relation between knowledge and belief? When is belief justified? Is all knowledge conscious knowledge.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 210 or equivalent and one intermediate course in philosophy
  • PHIL 421 Metaphysics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of central questions in metaphysics in their historical and contemporary forms. Topics may be chosen from such issues as: personal identity, the nature of space and time, the nature of events and properties, possible worlds, and the problem of realism.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: PHIL 210 or equivalent and one intermediate course in philosophy
  • PHIL 470 Topics in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An advanced discussion of major themes in the analytic tradition.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Ian Jeffrey Gold (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 370, PHIL 415 or written permission of instructor

3 credits from:

  • PHIL 230 Introduction to Moral Philosophy 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A survey of a number of historically important and influential theories. Philosophers to be discussed may include Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Bentham, Mill, and Moore.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Bruno Guindon (Fall)

  • PHIL 237 Contemporary Moral Issues (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An introductory discussion of central ethical questions (the value of persons, or the relationship of rights and utilities, for example) through the investigation of currently disputed social and political issues. Specific issues to be discussed may include pornography and censorship, affirmative action, civil disobedience, punishment, abortion, and euthanasia.

    Terms: Winter 2015, Summer 2015

    Instructors: Kristin Voigt (Winter)

  • PHIL 240 Political Philosophy 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An introduction to contemporary philosophy of politics by concentrating on a number of contested concepts, such as freedom, justice and equality, in contemporary political philosophy and practice.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Edwin Zoltan Filotas (Fall)

  • PHIL 242 Introduction to Feminist Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An introduction to feminist theory as political theory. Emphasis is placed on the plurality of analyses and proposals that constitute contemporary feminist thought. Some of the following are considered: liberal feminism, marxist and socialist feminism, radical feminism, postmodern feminism, francophone feminism, and the contributions to feminist theory by women of colour and lesbians.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Marguerite Deslauriers (Fall)

    • Note: Since this course is being taught abroad, the Victoria Day statutory holiday will not be taken into consideration. Therefore, students are expected to attend their lecture on Monday, May 19, 2014.

6 credits from:

  • PHIL 345 Greek Political Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of the ethical and political theories of ancient Greece, especially those of Plato and Aristotle.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Marguerite Deslauriers (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken POLI 333
  • PHIL 350 History and Philosophy of Ancient Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : Topics in ancient pure mathematics (geometry and number theory), "mixed mathematics" (astronomy, music theory, optics, mechanics), and/or natural science (including medicine), studied with a view to philosophical issues raised by the content of ancient science and/or by the logic of scientific argument.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • PHIL 353 The Presocratic Philosophers (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of the surviving fragments of the presocratic philosophers and schools of philosophy, as well as later reports of their views.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Eric Lewis (Winter)

  • PHIL 354 Plato (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of some of the philosophical problems (those in logic, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics, e.g.) found in a selection of Plato's dialogues.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Alison Laywine (Fall)

  • PHIL 355 Aristotle (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of selected works by Aristotle. The course considers issues in moral philosophy as well as those found in the logical treatises, the Physics and Metaphysics, and in the philosophy of mind.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Stephen Menn (Fall)

  • PHIL 452 Later Greek Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of some of the major post-Aristotelian schools of philosophy. Texts from the Peripatetic, Stoic, Epicurean, Sceptical, Platonic, and medical traditions may be considered. Problems in logic, ethics, physics, epistemology, and metaphysics will be addressed.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Stephen Menn (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 354 or PHIL 355
  • PHIL 453 Ancient Metaphysics and Natural Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of central themes of ancient metaphysics and/or natural philosophy as treated by two or more contrasting philosophers or philosophical traditions - probably including Plato and/or Aristotle, and possibly including some Hellenistic or post-Hellenistic schools.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • PHIL 454 Ancient Moral Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of central themes of ancient moral theory as treated by two or more contrasting philosophers or philosophical traditions - probably including Plato and/or Aristotle, and possibly some Hellenistic or post-Hellenistic schools.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

6 credits from:

  • PHIL 360 17th Century Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of the work of such seventeenth-century philosophers as Descartes, Hobbes, Gassendi, Malebranche, Leibniz, and the Cambridge Platonists.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Hasana Sharp (Fall)

  • PHIL 361 18th Century Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A survey of eighteenth century philosophy, especially British philosophy. Attention is given to fundamental metaphysical, epistemological, and moral issues as reflected in the work of such philosophers as Locke, Shaftesbury, Berkeley, Hutcheson, Butler, Hume and Reid.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Alison Laywine (Winter)

  • PHIL 366 18th and Early 19th Century German Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of the works of such philosophers as Kant, Fichte, Jacobi, Schelling, and Hegel.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: George Di Giovanni (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 360 or PHIL 361 is recommended
  • PHIL 367 19th Century Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of the works of such 19th century philosophers as Mach, Helmholtz, Dedekind, Frege, Marx, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Mill and Bradley.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Susan Judith Hoffmann (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: A previous course in philosophy is recommended
  • PHIL 444 Early Modern Political Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A survey of political and moral theory from the Reformation to the French Revolution including Luther, Montaigne, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and Smith.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: at least one course in political philosophy
  • PHIL 445 19th Century Political Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of various strands of political theory since Rousseau, concentrating on such themes as the understanding of modernity and theories of liberal society.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: at least one course in political philosophy
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken POLI 434

3 credits from:

  • PHIL 375 Existentialism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : This course will examine the nature of existentialist thought as represented in various philosophical and literary texts. Particular themes to be examined include freedom, alienation, responsibility and choice, and the nature of self.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Sarah Bronwen Allen (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: one course in philosophy
  • PHIL 474 Phenomenology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A study of phenomenology from a historical and thematic perspective. The course will typically involve the study of central thinkers such as Husserl, Heidegger, or Merleau-Ponty, with an examination of the nature and development of the phenomenological movement.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: R Philip Buckley (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: one intermediate course in philosophy
  • PHIL 475 Topics in Contemporary European Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : Advanced discussion of selected themes in contemporary European philosophy.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: one intermediate course in philosophy

24 additional credits in Philosophy (PHIL) with 12 credits at the 400 and 500 levels (not including the Honours tutorial PHIL 499) at least 3 credits of which must be at the 500 level.

A maximum of 15 credits from 200-level courses may be used toward the Honours program. Only one of PHIL 200 or PHIL 201 may be counted toward the program.

Faculty of Arts—2014-2015 (last updated Feb. 18, 2014) (disclaimer)