Courses on offer

Note that, for Philosophy programs, the list of courses that fulfills each group is an open list.  Other PHIL courses may be able to be used to fulfill each group. Topics courses, Major Philosophers, and Seminars (600-level) can often count for different groups, from year to year, depending on course content. Consult a Philosophy advisor if you want to count such courses towards specific groups in your program (they will need to document the course on an audit sheet for you, but note that courses cannot double-count).

Please note that many courses offered by the Department of Philosophy have limited enrolment.

For courses cross-listed with other departments, see the menu item "Cross-listed Courses".

You can access the class schedule for 2022-23 now on Minerva.

Please note:

Due to recent changes to course numbering in the Department of Philosophy, former 500 level courses are now being offered as 600 level courses. These courses will fulfill the 500-level credit requirements. Please note the following policy regarding enrolment of undergraduate students in 600-level courses (Graduate courses).

Policy: An undergraduate student will be permitted to take 600-level courses subject to the following conditions:

  • The student has a minimum CGPA of 3.3.
  • The student is in U3 or higher.
  • The professor of the course and the program adviser or the director of the undergraduate program provide written approval supporting the request.
  • A maximum of 6 credits of 600-level courses are allowed toward the degree.
  • The actual course number appears on the transcript.
  • The course evaluation methods and grading standards are the same for all students, whether graduate or undergraduate.
  • The regulations and practices of the Faculty of Arts are also applied to such a course.

See full policy for enrolment of undergraduate students in 600-level courses. 

A copy of the application form is available at the Arts OASIS counter.

Summer 2022

PHIL 210 Intro to Deductive Logic 1 3 Credits
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PHIL 237 Contemporary Moral Issues 3 Credits
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PHIL 375 Existentialism 3 Credits
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Fall 2022

PHIL 200 Intro to Philosophy 1 3 Credits
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PHIL 210 Intro to Deductive Logic 1 3 Credits
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PHIL 221 Intro to Hist & Phil of Sci 2 3 Credits
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PHIL 230 Intro to Moral Philosophy 1 3 Credits
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PHIL 242 Intro to Feminist Theory 3 Credits
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PHIL 301 Philosophical Fundamentals 3 Credits
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PHIL 306 Philosophy of Mind 3 Credits
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PHIL 311 Philosophy of Mathematics 3 Credits
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PHIL 327 Philosophy of Race 3 Credits
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PHIL 336 Aesthetics 3 Credits
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PHIL 343 Biomedical Ethics 3 Credits
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PHIL 350 Hist & Phil of Ancient Sci 3 Credits
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PHIL 353 The Presocratic Philosophers 3 Credits
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PHIL 354 Plato 3 Credits
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PHIL 356 Early Medieval Philosophy 3 Credits
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PHIL 360 17th Century Philosophy 3 Credits
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PHIL 361 18th Century Philosophy 3 Credits
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PHIL 375 Existentialism 3 Credits
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PHIL 397 Tutorial 01 3 Credits
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PHIL 398 Tutorial 02 3 Credits
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PHIL 434 Metaethics 3 Credits
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PHIL 446 Current Issues in Pol. Phil. 3 Credits
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  • This course will examine the epistemological, ethical, and political philosophical issues that arise in the formation and in the implementation of public policy across a wide range of domains, including health, education, environment, and the like. Among the issues that we will be examining: what are the strengths and limits of cost-benefit analysis? Under what circumstances should it be replaced by such decision procedures as harm reduction, or of the precautionary principle? How should ethical theories be applied to complex policy processes? How should the division of labour between experts, representatives, and citizens be negotiated in public policy formulation and implementation?

PHIL 454 Ancient Moral Theory 3 Credits
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PHIL 475 Topics in Contem European Phil 3 Credits
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PHIL 480 Topics in the History of Phil 3 Credits
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PHIL 481 Topics in Philosophy 3 Credits
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PHIL 497 Tutorial 04 3 Credits
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PHIL 498 Tutorial 05 3 Credits
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PHIL 499D1 Tutorial 06 3 Credits
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PHIL 499N2 Tutorial 06 3 Credits
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PHIL 598 Tutorial 07 3 Credits
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PHIL 607 Pro-Seminar 1 6 Credits
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PHIL 619 Seminar:Epistemology 3 Credits
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PHIL 634 Seminar:Ethics 3 Credits
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PHIL 642 Seminar: Feminist Theory 3 Credits
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PHIL 650 Seminar:Ancient Philosophy 1 3 Credits
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PHIL 670 Sem:Contemporary Analytic Phil 3 Credits
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PHIL 682 Pro-Seminar 3 6 Credits
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Winter 2023

PHIL 202 The Good Life 3 Credits
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  • How can philosophy help us to have a better life? One philosophical reply to this question is to ask: what counts as a good life, to begin with? What kind of life ought we aspire to, and based on that, how can we work to achieve it? In this course, we will consider a range of philosophical approaches to these questions, drawing on sources both old and new, namely: classical Greek and Chinese philosophies as well as a selection of current-day philosophers. 

PHIL 237 Contemporary Moral Issues 3 Credits
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PHIL 301 Philosophical Fundamentals 3 Credits
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PHIL 310 Intermediate Logic 3 Credits
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PHIL 334 Ethical Theory 3 Credits
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PHIL 341 Philosophy of Science 1 3 Credits
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PHIL 344 Medieval&Renaissance Pol Theo 3 Credits
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PHIL 348 Philosophy of Law 1 3 Credits
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PHIL 349 Environmental Philosophy 3 Credits
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PHIL 353 The Presocratic Philosophers 3 Credits
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PHIL 355 Aristotle 3 Credits
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PHIL 367 19th Century Philosophy 3 Credits
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PHIL 397 Tutorial 01 3 Credits
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PHIL 398 Tutorial 02 3 Credits
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PHIL 411 Topics in Phil of Logic & Math 3 Credits
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PHIL 415 Philosophy of Language 3 Credits
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PHIL 419 Epistemology 3 Credits
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PHIL 421 Metaphysics 3 Credits
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PHIL 427 Topics: Critical Phil of Race 3 Credits
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PHIL 436 Aesthetics 2 3 Credits
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PHIL 444 Early Modern Political Theory 3 Credits
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PHIL 446 Current Issues in Pol. Phil. 3 Credits
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PHIL 452 Later Greek Philosophy 3 Credits
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PHIL 474 Phenomenology 3 Credits
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PHIL 481 Topics in Philosophy 3 Credits
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  • The topic of this course in the winter term of 2023 will be the Frankfurt School, a school of social theory and critical philosophy founded in the Weimar Republic. It included such people as Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin and Jürgen Habermas. The selection of works by these people and the philosophers they engaged with has yet to be determined.

PHIL 497 Tutorial 04 3 Credits
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PHIL 498 Tutorial 05 3 Credits
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PHIL 499D2 Tutorial 06 3 Credits
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PHIL 499N1 Tutorial 06 3 Credits
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PHIL 598 Tutorial 07 3 Credits
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PHIL 606 Seminar: Philosophy of Mind 3 Credits
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PHIL 611 Sem: Phil of Logic & Math 3 Credits
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PHIL 621 Seminar: Metaphysics 3 Credits
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PHIL 643 Seminar:Medical Ethics 3 Credits
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PHIL 661 Sem: 18th Century Philosophy 3 Credits
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PHIL 680 Sem: Problems of Phil 1 3 Credits
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