PHIL - Philosophy

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Faculty of Arts

Below are the courses available from the PHIL subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, class times, and textbooks.

PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy: Values and Society View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 2-1S-0)

An introduction to the classical problems of philosophy through study and critical discussion of selected philosophical classics and contemporary works. Emphasis will be placed on questions of moral and other values and on the nature of society and justice.


PHIL 102 - Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 2-1S-0)

An introduction to the classical problems of philosophy through study and critical discussion of selected philosophical classics and contemporary works. Emphasis will be placed on questions of the nature and extent of human knowledge and classic problems about the nature of reality and our place in it.


PHIL 120 - Symbolic Logic I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A study of sentential logic, including translation, semantics, decision procedures and natural deduction followed by an introduction to predicate logic, concentrating on translation. Note: Not open to students with credit in PHIL 220.


PHIL 125 - Practical Logic View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Elementary methods and principles for analyzing reasoning as it occurs in everyday contexts. Topics may include informal fallacies, introduction to scientific method, elementary statistical reasoning, elementary sentential logic, as well as the study of argument in contemporary debates about issues of social concern.


PHIL 200 - Metaphysics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Basic questions concerning the nature of reality. Topics may include existence, materialism and idealism, freedom and determinism, appearance and reality, causality, identity, time and space, universals and particulars.


PHIL 202 - Indian Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course provides an overview of the ancient and classical period of Indian philosophy (500 BCE-1500 CE); major metaphysical and ethical concepts within traditions such as Yoga, Advaita Vedanta, and Buddhism. Note: Not open to students with credit in PHIL 302. Not open to students with credit in PHIL 301 completed prior to 2012.


PHIL 203 - Islamic Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A survey of the main figures and schools of thought in the Islamic world from the 10th to the 17th centuries CE.


PHIL 205 - Philosophy of Mind View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Basic questions concerning the mind and our attempts to study it scientifically.


PHIL 209 - The Human Person: Philosophical Issues View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Personal identity, interpersonal relationships, sex and gender, freedom and immortality in historical and contemporary contexts.


PHIL 215 - Epistemology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A study of such central topics in the theory of knowledge as truth and rationality, skepticism and the limits of knowledge, relativism and the objectivity of knowledge, the role of perception, memory and reason as sources of knowledge.


PHIL 217 - Biology, Society, and Values View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The philosophical and social impact of historical and contemporary topics in the biological sciences.


PHIL 220 - Symbolic Logic II View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A brief review of sentential logic followed by an intensive study of predicate logic with identity. Topics include translation, semantics, decision procedures, natural deduction systems, mathematical induction. Other topics include: theories of definite descriptions, elementary modal logic, formal axiomatic systems. Prerequisite: PHIL 120 or consent of Department.


PHIL 230 - Ancient Greek Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A survey of the thought of the ancient Greek world from its beginnings with the Pre-Socratics up to and including Aristotle.


PHIL 233 - Trial and Execution of Socrates View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A philosophical examination of Socrates' death in its cultural, historical and political setting.


PHIL 239 - Greek Philosophy and the Christian Tradition View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Issues concerning human beings, knowledge, ethics and society among Greek thinkers and their impact on Christian thought. Note: Not available for credit with PHIL 139.


PHIL 240 - Descartes to Hume View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A survey of Philosophy in the 17th- and 18th centuries. Philosophers studied will include Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume.


PHIL 249 - Medieval Philosophy and the Christian Tradition View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A survey of philosophy from the 5th to the 15th centuries; Philosophers from the Jewish, Islamic and Christian traditions.


PHIL 250 - Contemporary Ethical Issues View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An examination of questions of right and wrong, good and evil, and the application of ethical theories to practical issues.


PHIL 265 - Philosophy of Science View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An introduction to the central issues in contemporary philosophy of science. Topics may include theory evaluation, paradigm shifts and theory change, laws of nature, causation and explanation, the rationality of science and its social and historical setting.


PHIL 269 - Moral Issues in a Christian Context View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Analysis and evaluation of selected moral and social issues.


PHIL 270 - Political Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A survey of issues in contemporary political philosophy with attention to liberalism and communitarianism, sovereignty, feminism, entitlement and distribution, and global justice.


PHIL 272 - Feminist Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An introduction to feminist issues in current philosophy. Note: Not open to students with credit in PHIL 332.


PHIL 279 - Philosophy of Hunting View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The moral, conceptual, existential, environmental, socio-political, and spiritual issues raised by the practice of hunting by humans.


PHIL 280 - Philosophy of Art View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An introduction to some of the traditional theories, such as the expressionist and the formalist theories, which investigate the nature and function of the arts. The nature of aesthetic experience will also be considered.


PHIL 291 - Existentialism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An introduction to the background and main themes of existentialist philosophy. Authors such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre are considered.


PHIL 305 - Philosophy of Psychology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Central topics at the interface of philosophy and psychology. Prerequisite: PHIL 205, or two courses in Psychology, or consent of Department.


PHIL 309 - Augustine View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *3 in PHIL or consent of the College.


PHIL 319 - Thomas Aquinas View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *3 in PHIL or consent of the College.


PHIL 325 - Risk, Choice, and Rationality View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A study of the formal theory of rationality including probability and induction, and elementary decision theory, with attention to the paradoxes of choice.


PHIL 329 - Natural Philosophy and the Christian Tradition View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A critical study of physical reality, dealing with such concepts as nature, scientific knowledge, space, time, causality, biological life, and teleology, in traditional and contemporary contexts.


PHIL 333 - Aristotle View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An in-depth study of the philosophy of Aristotle.


PHIL 336 - Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A historical survey of western philosophy from the end of classical antiquity until the sixteenth century.


PHIL 339 - Contemporary World Views and Christianity View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Critical study of Christianity in dialogue with such worldviews as atheism, agnosticism, naturalism, materialism, existentialism, feminism, liberalism, postmodernism.


PHIL 343 - Kant to Nietzsche View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A survey of the philosophy of Kant and the 19th century. Philosophers studied will include Kant, Hegel, Marx, the Utilitarians, and Nietzsche. Note: Not open to students with credit in PHIL 245.


PHIL 345 - Humans and Animals View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Philosophical approaches to the question of comparative human and animal cognition, emotion, awareness, and language. The course will also address the problem of animal rights vis-à-vis individual and institutional human interests.


PHIL 350 - Foundations of Ethics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A philosophical investigation of theoretical questions about ethics, such as whether ethical values are objective or subjective, why we should be moral, whether virtues really exist, what role reason plays in ethical deliberation, and what constitutes the basis of our ethical obligations.


PHIL 355 - Environmental Ethics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Philosophical dimensions of issues raised by our relationship to the environment.


PHIL 357 - Philosophy of Religion View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

General topics in the Philosophy of Religion, which may include the concept of 'religion,' the existence of God, meaning and intelligibility in religious language, religion and morality, implications of the social scientific study of religion.


PHIL 359 - Topics in Christian Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 365 - Philosophy of Computing View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Philosophical issues arising from computation and computer science. No previous familiarity with computing is necessary.


PHIL 366 - Computers and Culture View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Cultural, social, ethical and political issues arising from the computer revolution and new digital technologies.


PHIL 367 - Introduction to Philosophy of Mathematics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Overview of approaches to the foundations of mathematics and of philosophical issues concerning the nature of mathematical objects, mathematical theories and the special status of mathematics among the sciences and other areas of knowledge.


PHIL 368 - Topics in Social Justice View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Variable content course which may be repeated if topic(s) vary.


PHIL 372 - Philosophy of Sexuality View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Ontological, epistemological, political and ethical issues arising through readings of classical and contemporary texts.


PHIL 383 - Film and Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Study of philosophical issues raised by films: distinguishing film from other arts (photography, theatre, video games), whether films depict or represent reality, emotional engagement, the relation of moral and aesthetic values, and approaches to film criticism.


PHIL 384 - Topics in Practical Ethics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Variable content course which may be repeated if topic(s) vary.


PHIL 386 - Health Care Ethics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A study of ethical issues that arising in health care and in the practice of health professions.


PHIL 399 - Religious Existentialism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 400 - Topics in Metaphysics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 401 - Topics in Epistemology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 405 - Topics in Philosophy of Mind View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 412 - Topics in Philosophy of Science View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 415 - Topics in Philosophy of Biology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of the Department.


PHIL 420 - Metalogic View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The theoretical study of formal systems of logic. Topics include formal axiomatic systems, formal syntax and semantics, soundness and completeness proofs for both sentential and predicate logic. Prerequisite: PHIL 220 or consent of Department.


PHIL 421 - Modal Logic View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Standard modal systems in sentential and predicate logic including possible world semantics and completeness proofs. Tense logic and epistemic logic may be considered. Prerequisite: PHIL 220 or consent of Department.


PHIL 422 - Topics in Advanced Symbolic Logic View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: PHIL 220 or consent of Department.


PHIL 426 - Philosophy of Language View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Selected problems concerning the nature of language and meaning. Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 436 - Topics in Medieval Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200 level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 438 - Topics in Indian Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200 level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 440 - Topics in Ancient Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200 level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 442 - Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Topics concerning the early modern philosophical tradition. Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department


PHIL 443 - 17th- and 18th-Century British Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Topics concerning the early modern British philosophical tradition of Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 444 - Kant View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 445 - Topics in 19th-Century Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 446 - Early Analytic Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200 level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 448 - Topics in 20th-Century Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 450 - Topics in Ethics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 451 - Topics in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 459 - Advanced Topics in Christian Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 470 - Topics in Social and Political Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 480 - Topics in Aesthetics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 486 - Directed Reading I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: consent of Department.


PHIL 487 - Directed Reading II View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: consent of Department.


PHIL 488 - Current Research in Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 492 - Topics in Phenomenology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 493 - Fourth-Year Honors Seminar View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(FIRST, 0-3S-0)

Note: For students in the fourth year of the Honors program.


PHIL 498 - Honors Essay View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Preparation of the honors essay, required in the fourth year of the Honors program.


PHIL 500 - Metaphysics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 501 - Epistemology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 505 - Philosophy of Mind View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 510 - Philosophy of Science View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 522 - Topics in Logic View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 526 - Philosophy of Language View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 536 - Topics in Medieval Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 540 - Topics in Ancient Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 546 - Topics in Modern Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 547 - Topics in 20th Century Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 550 - Moral Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 570 - Social and Political Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 580 - Aesthetics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 592 - Topics in Phenomenology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.


PHIL 594 - Selected Problems in Philosophy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

PHIL 596 - Directed Reading I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: Open only to graduate students beyond the qualifying year.


PHIL 597 - Directed Reading II View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: Open only to graduate students beyond the qualifying year.


PHIL 900 - Research Project View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(VAR, UNASSIGNED)

Capstone Research project required for and restricted to students in the course-based MA program.