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100 Level
PHL101
Applied Ethics
WI, WD
In this subject philosophical techniques and theories are applied to issues of practical concern and controversy - particularly issues concerning the beginning or the ending of human life.
PHL103
Theories of Human Nature
WI, WD
This is an introduction to some philosophical theories of human nature. Students will study a number of theories selected from the writings of major philosophers and philosophical traditions. Issues to be examined will be selected from: essentialism, the nurture vs nature debate, reason vs emotion, individual freedom vs social determinism, egoism vs altruism, personal identity, the unconscious, and minds as machines.
200 Level
PHL202
Ethical Theory
WI, WD
In this subject students are introduced to a range of theories of ethics and central moral notions, including autonomy, justice, utility and sympathy. This theory is deployed in the interpretation and analysis of moral life. Students are introduced to the notion of a moral dilemma, and, more generally, the way in which theoretical notions can inform concrete ethical decision-making.
POL205
Political Ideas
WD
In this subject, students are introduced to political philosophy: the study of politics from the perspective of philosophy. Political philosophy involves ethical or "normative" analysis of political structures. Students will think about what sorts of political institutions we "ought" to have, focusing on arguments drawn from a range of influential thinkers from ancient Greece to 19th century Europe. These disparate visions of the "just society" will each be examined with reference to their contribution to the modern political world and the cultural context in which they were conceived.
PHL201
Critical Reasoning
WI, WD
This subject is an introduction to informal logic and the nature of argument, especially as it relates to real-life settings. It is designed to develop the intellectual virtues of clear thinking and rational decision-making. Students will learn to accurately interpret the many types of arguments they encounter on a day to day basis, from the mundane to exotic. They will learn not only to distinguish good arguments from bad, but also to consistently construct good arguments for themselves. From common sense to abstract reasoning, this subject promises to help each student develop the tools necessary for all other rational pursuits.
PHL206
Problems of Philosophy
WI, WD
This subject engages with a number of problems that have been central to the Western philosophical tradition. These are basic problems in what is called epistemology (the theory of knowledge) and metaphysics (the study of the nature of reality). They include: How, if at all, is knowledge possible? What is the relation between the mind and the body? Do we have free will?
PHL209
Theories of Justice
WI, WD
This subject is concerned with the study of philosophical theories of justice. It analyses the concept of justice and examines theories about the meaning and content of justice with respect to social and economic arrangements, civil and criminal law, trials and punishments.
300 Level
PHL301
Philosophy of Religion
WI, WD
Drawing from the best in both classical and contemporary discussions, this subject explores perennial issues in the philosophy of religion, including the nature and existence of God, the problem of evil, miracles, religious experience, life after death, religious diversity, the relationship between science and religion, religious language, religious ethics, and philosophical approaches to theological doctrine.
PHL305
The Self
WI, WD
This subject explores philosophical ideas about the self and personal identity. Topics include the nature of the self, personal identity over time, personal identity and practical reason, self-deception, the self and personal relations (especially friendship), and the implications mental illnesses like multiple personality disorder, autism and psychopathy have for our concept of the self. We begin with the common-sense notion of the self due to Descartes, and then, in the light of a variety of concepts listed above we examine some key philosophical theories that have grown up in response to Descartes.
PHL302
Values and Decisions
WI, WD
This subject critiques and draws on recent theoretical and experimental work on values, practical reasoning and decision making, particularly in social contexts, as aids in the examination of selected contemporary controversies in applied ethics. The subject will begin by looking at recent discussions of fairness and values, models of rational decision making, social norms and the relation and tension between individual and collective rationality. This conceptual material will be deployed in the interpretation and analysis of such current debates as the relationship between economic and other values, such as environmental values, the immigration debate, and issues in reproductive technology.
PHL304
Philosophy of Science
WI, WD
This subject will examine the on-going philosophical debates about the nature of scientific knowledge. These debates revolve around such issues as the objectivity of scientific knowledge, and the viability of the science/non-science distinction.
Honours
PHL405
Philosophy Hons Proj/ Dissert
WD
Students will write a 10 -15,000 word dissertation on a research topic in Philosophy, which they will devise in consultation with a member of the academic staff.
PHL408
Philosophy Reading Subject
WD
This subject will involve in-depth reading and seminars in a subject of contemporary philosophical interest. Individual reading subject proposals are negotiated with the appropriate supervisor.
PHL411
Metaphysics and Epistemology
WD
This subject deals with central topics in metaphysics and epistemology, including the mind-body problem, the problem of free will and determinism, whether there is a god, the relation between language and the world, the nature of knowledge and of how such knowledge is possible, the question of realism versus idealism, to name some. It will proceed by way of engagement with influential texts by classical and contemporary philosophers.
PHL405
Philosophy Hons Proj/ Dissert
WD
Students will write a 10 -15,000 word dissertation on a research topic in Philosophy, which they will devise in consultation with a member of the academic staff.
PHL408
Philosophy Reading Subject
WD
This subject will involve in-depth reading and seminars in a subject of contemporary philosophical interest. Individual reading subject proposals are negotiated with the appropriate supervisor.
PHL411
Metaphysics and Epistemology
WD
This subject deals with central topics in metaphysics and epistemology, including the mind-body problem, the problem of free will and determinism, whether there is a god, the relation between language and the world, the nature of knowledge and of how such knowledge is possible, the question of realism versus idealism, to name some. It will proceed by way of engagement with influential texts by classical and contemporary philosophers.