Winter 2020

Winter 2020 Courses

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PHL 201 - Intro to Philosophy                                                            Spencer Online, Blakemore MW 1400-1550
General introduction to philosophy; its practice and major areas of study. Topics typically include introductions to metaphysics (study of being), epistemology (study of knowledge), philosophy of language, morality, and critical thinking.

PHL 300U – Philosophical Methods & Concepts                                                                 Weber MWF 0900-1005
A survey of the major strategies of proof and disproof central to philosophical reasoning, and of the fundamental concepts and distinctions employed in current philosophical discourse. 

PHL 301U – Ancient Philosophy                                                                                        Berman MW 1015-1205
Study of Ancient Greek philosophy with a primary focus on the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle. Key topics include form, matter, substance, and causation.

PHL 303 – Early Modern Philosophy                                                                                              Coventry Online
History of Western philosophy during the Early Modern period (17th and 18th centuries) from Descartes to Kant. Topics include nature of knowledge and reality; theories of human nature.

PHL 306U - Science and Pseudoscience                                       Seppalainen Online, Boghossian TR 1000-1150
An examination of basic issues in philosophy of science through an analysis of creation science, faith healing, UFO abduction stories, and other pseudosciences. Some of the questions addressed: What distinguishes science from pseudoscience? How are theories tested? When is evidence reliable? Must we invoke the supernatural to explain certain aspects of reality?

PHL 307U - Science and Society                                                                                          Sager MW 1400-1550
Introduction to the philosophy of social science including social epistemology. Topics include the nature of explanation in social science, the role of normative and hermeneutical principles in it, and the influence of social processes on scientific knowledge.

PHL 308U – Elementary Ethics                                                                          Jokic Online, Gillis MW 1400-1550
General introduction to ethical theories and topics such as whether there are objective moral distinctions, what makes right actions right and wrong acts wrong, and how we know (if we do) that actions are right or wrong, and how we know (if we do) that actions are right or wrong. Topics also include relativism, egoism, utilitarianism, and Kantianism (deontology).

PHL 309U – Business Ethics                                                                                      Patrick Online, Cohen Online
Study of the ethical aspects of practices and organizational structures in the business world. The bulk of the course is devoted to specific contemporary topics, for example: the moral status of corporations; the concept of work place rights; responsibility in advertising; environmental constraints on business; affirmative action in hiring; the social roles of profit and private property; and the role of work in the life of the individual.

PHL 310U – Environmental Ethics                                                          Goldman MW 1400-1550, Komito Online
Study of our moral responsibilities with respect to the environment (e.g., treatment of non-human animals, rights of animals, trees, rivers and possibly our planet) in light of some of the central environmental problems (e.g., population growth, global warming, and endangered species). 

PHL 312U - Feminist Philosophy                                                                                               Hamington Online
Critical examination of classical philosophical schools of thought and methodologies from a feminist perspective which emphasizes the importance of external context in all intellectual pursuits and underscores the interconnections between theory and practice including values.

PHL 314U - Computer Ethics                                                                                           Goldman TR 1400-1550
Exmaines the moral principles and judgments relevant for computer-related practices. Topics include: ethical aspects of new information technologies; are technologies value-laden; freedom, privacy, and control; security, reliability, and professional responsibilities; piracy and ownership; ethics of hacking; ethics of virtual environment; and international aspects of new technologies.

PHL 316U – Social & Political Philosophy                                                                                           Hardy Online
Survey of main theories of social and political justice (utilitarianism, liberal, equalitarian, communitarian, and libertarian) through classic and modern representatives.

PHL 317U - Philosophy of Art                                                                                                       Coventry Online
Philosophical issues concerning the creation, interpretation, and consumption of art. Includes an overview of the major philosophical theories about the nature of art, an examination of the relationship between art and ethics, art and psycho0logy, art and pornography, and relativism of aesthetic value judgments.

PHL 318U - Philosophy of Medicine                                                                                     Gillis MW 1000-1150
Examination of central philosophical issues that arise within the theory and practice of medicine such as: the relationship of medicine to basic sciences, the roles played in medicine by normative concepts such as health and illness, the nature of causal reasoning in medicine, and the nature of diagnostic categories in medicine and psychiatry.

PHL 320U – Critical Thinking                                                        Seppalainen Online, Boghossian TR 1400-1550
Designed to improve reasoning and skills of critical assessment of information. Focuses on practical methods that are applied to case studies from public media such as editorials, essays, propaganda, advertisements, and newspaper reports of scientific studies.

PHL 324U – Intro to Formal Logic I                                                                                      Weber TR 1600-1750 
A course in basic formal logic. Major topics include the method of deduction for showing propositional arguments valid and the method of counter-example for showing such arguments invalid. Truth table methods, tests for consistency, and syllogistic arguments are optional topics.

PHL 325U - Intro to Formal Logic II                                                                                       Hiller TR 1200-1350
Continuation of PHL 324U Introduction to Formal Logic I. Primary emphasis will be on formal methods for dealing with arguments involving the terms "all" and "some". Major topics include the method of deduction for showing predicate logic arguments valid, and the method of counter-example for showing such arguments invalid. Recommended prerequisite: PHL 324U. 

PHL 330U - Language, Representation, and Reality                                                               Hiller TR 1400-1550
An introduction to theories of meaning and their central topics: nature of representation and the referential capacity of language, role of use in meaning, and the role of langauge in thought and experience.

PHL 351U - Philosophy of International Human Rights                                                                        Jokic Online
Examination of the concepts of human rights through classics of political philosophy, international human rights law and its development, and current high-profile cases of alleged violations of human rights.

PHL 367U - Philosophy of Sports                                                                                                   Spencer Online
An examination of the central conceptual, ethical, and existential issues concerning sports. Topics include the nature and role of sports in human flourishing, theories of embodiment, and the morality of sports as an institution and culture including human competition and violence.

PHL 369U – Philosophy of Sex & Love                                                 Sharpsteen Online, Mueller MW 1015-1205
An examination of some of the central philosophical issues emerging from a reflection of sex and love. Topics include: conceptual or ontological ones such as the possible essence of heterosexuality, homosexuality, and asexuality; ethical ones such as the morality or immorality of different expressions of sex and love such as sadomasochism, polygamy, and philandering; existential ones such as the role of sexuality and romantic love in our self-conception and a good life; epistemological ones such as the nature of our experiences of sexuality and love and the possible influence that conceptual sources have on them.

PHL 370U - Philosophy of Work and Leisure                                                                         Elliott TR 0800-0950
Role and nature of work and leisure in theories of the good life and central social and political practices.

PHL 371U - Philosophy and the City                                                                                     Elliott TR 1200-1350
Explores the role and nature of the city in the history of philosophy and especially social and political theory and the philosophical basis of contemporary urban theory including political, civic, sustainable, and aesthetic ideas of the city.

PHL 399 - Queer Philosophy                                                                                            Mueller MW 1400-1550
Info on this course coming soon!

PHL 415/515 - Aristotle                                                                                                                 Berman Online
A close study of one of Aristotle's central works, with a focus on engaging scholarly and philosophical discussions around that text and productively contributing to them through student research. Recommended prerequisite: PHL 301U

PHL 424/524 - Epistemology                                                                                                    Hamington Online
Philosophical examination of some of the main issues in the theory of knowledge (such as our knowledge of the external world, minds, and the logical and mathematical truths, etc.). Recommended prerequisite: 8 credits in philosophy.

PHL 447/547 - Topics in Social and Political Philosophy: Rawls and his Critics                      Gillis TR 1400-1550
Info on this course coming soon!

PHL 448/548 - Biomedical Ethics                                                                                      Cwik - MW 1015-1205
Advanced study of central ethical issues in medicine, biomedical research, and healthcare systems, such as patient autonomy and medical paternalism, justice in provision of health services, protection of human subjects in research, and death, dying, and end of life care.

PHL 451/551 - Classical Figures: Heidegger                                                                            Hill TR 1000-1150
We will attempt to read Heidegger's Being and Time from historical, phenomenological and analytical perspectives. How did Heidegger synthesize the thought of Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, Dilthey, and Husserl in his new ontology? How does he critique Descartes and why? How does his project relate to historicism? How does Heidegger's thought relate to his involvement with Nazism? Is Heidegger's later thought a continuation of Being and Time or a radical break with it, or something else entirely? Where does Heidegger stand now in the 'postmodern' present?

PHL 451/551 - Classical Figures: Quine                                                                                   Hill TR 1400-1550
A close reading of selections from the writings of W.V.O. Quine. 

PHL 451/551 - Classical Figures: Dewey                                                                                        Spencer Online
Info on this course coming soon!

PHL 460/560 - Contemporary European Philosophy                                                             Elliott TR 1400-1550
In-depth study of a current theme (such as phenomenology, post-modernism, or post-structuralism) or topical figure (such as Habermas, Derrida, or Benjamin) or European, "Continental" Philosophy.