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AUPHI101 Introduction to Western Philosophy I: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy Course Page

Description: Introduction to the main problems and theories that have dominated philosophical thought, through study and critical discussion of selected classics of ancient and medieval philosophy.

AUPHI102 Introduction to Western Philosophy II: Modern Philosophy Course Page

Description: Continuation of an introduction to the main problems and theories that have dominated philosophical thought, through study and critical discussions of selected classics of modern philosophy.

AUPHI180 Critical Thinking Course Page

Description: Elementary methods and principles for distinguishing correct from incorrect reasoning. Topics may include informal fallacies, introduction to the scientific method, elementary formal logic, rational decision procedures, and analysis of arguments.

AUPHI200 Metaphysics: Theories of Reality Course Page

Description: Examination of traditional and contemporary topics such as Being and Nonbeing, the nature of time, freedom, appearance and reality, persons, and the mind-body problem.

AUPHI210 Epistemology: Theories of Knowledge Course Page

Description: Study of such central topics in epistemology as foundationalism, truth and rationality, skepticism and the limits of knowledge, relativism and the objectivity of knowledge, evidence and verifiability, and belief and justification.

AUPHI226 Existentialism Course Page

Description: Introduction to the main themes and perspectives in recent existential philosophy. Authors such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, Heidegger Mounier, and Camus may be considered. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPHI 226 and AUPHI 326 (2013).

AUPHI228 Philosophy Studies and Information Literacy Course Page

Description: Introduction to library research skills in the discipline of Philosophy. Prerequisite: Second year standing in a Philosophy and Religion degree program. Corequisite: Any senior course in Philosophy that requires library research. Notes: The corequisites must be taken concurrently. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPHI 228, AUART 228, AUHIS 285, AUREL 228.

AUPHI240 Ancient Political Philosophy Course Page

Description: Historical survey of the development of political and social philosophy, focusing on classical Greece and Rome. Authors studied will include Plato and Aristotle. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 210 and AUPHI 240.

AUPHI241 Modern Political Philosophy Course Page

Description: Historical and critical survey of the political ideas of modern Europe, from the end of the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. Authors studied may include Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft and Marx. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 211 and AUPHI 241.

AUPHI250 History of Christian Thought Course Page

Description: Survey of the history of Christian thought from its Judaic and Hellenistic origins up to and including the twentieth century.

AUPHI260 Ethics Course Page

Description: Examination of questions of right and wrong, good and evil, and reasons for action, through study of ethical theories of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Mill.

AUPHI277 Women, Darkness and Crooked Things: Feminist Philosophy Course Page

Description: An introduction to feminist issues in philosophy.

AUPHI290 Philosophy of Contemporary Culture Course Page

Description: Investigation of contemporary culture, both "popular" and "literate" (film, theatre, music, writing).

AUPHI320 Hermeneutics Course Page

Description: Study of the philosophical theories about the nature of interpretation and understanding. Themes and texts are selected from the writings of Schleiermacher, Dilthey, Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur, Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze, and others. Themes may include our relationship to authors, to sacred texts, and to nature. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPHI 320 and AUPHI 420 (2013).

AUPHI325 Phenomenology Course Page

Description: Study of the phenomenological method, its history in the twentieth-century, and its contemporary possibilities. Themes and texts are selected from the writings of Husserl as well as from those of Heidegger, Schütz, Stein, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Patocka , Young, and others. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPHI 325 and AUPHI 425 (2013).

AUPHI336 Nineteenth-Century Philosophy Course Page

Description: Main currents of thought of the nineteenth century and the ideological conflicts that our own age has inherited from its predecessors. Particular attention is given to the social and political aspects of the philosophical systems of Hegel, Kierkegaard, Marx, Darwin, and Nietzsche.

AUPHI340 Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy Course Page

Description: Survey of the major formulations and problems of Western social and political thought in the twentieth and twenty-first century, dealing with topics ranging from governance to social relationships. Prerequisite: AUPHI 240 or 241, or consent of the instructor. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 310, 410 (2010) and AUPHI 340.

AUPHI345 Philosophy in Canada Course Page

Description: Study of texts by historical or contemporary philosophical figures in Canada, centred on a chosen theme, in relation to the Canadian cultural and institutional context, and drawing from a multidisciplinary perspective on philosophy.

AUPHI350 Philosophy of Science Course Page

Description: Philosophical approach to the presuppositions, attitudes, language, practices, and goals of the physical and social sciences. Topics may include theory evaluation, explanation, and the nature of scientific law.

AUPHI351 Thinking About Sex: Philosophy, Science, and the Construction of Sex Course Page

Description: Examines philosophical issues raised by scientific research into sex, sexual orientation, and gender.

AUPHI355 Philosophy and the Environment Course Page

Description: Investigation of the philosophical and social issues related to technology and the environment. Topics may include the natural/artificial distinction, different meanings of "environment", the ways we understand, package, and manage nature as well as issues in environmental ethics and aesthetics. May include texts by Western and Indigenous thinkers. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPHI 355 and AUENV 355.

AUPHI357 Philosophy of Religion I Course Page

Description: Introduction to the philosophy of religion by focusing on the question, "What is religion?" Through lectures, discussion, and reading of such thinkers as Schleiermacher, Feuerbach, Kierkegaard, and Otto, the course explores the concept of religion; the existence of God (and related proofs); meaning in religious language; and the relations between faith and reason, philosophy and religion. Prerequisite: None, but AUPHI 102 or 336 would be useful.

AUPHI358 Philosophy of Religion II Course Page

Description: Continuation of the exploration of religion and religious experience undertaken in AUPHI 357. Consideration is given to various forms of spirituality as found in the writings of Christian and non-Christian mystics and religious thinkers such as Eckhart, Shankara, and Starhawk. Prerequisite: AUPHI 357 or consent of the instructor.

AUPHI365 Aesthetics Course Page

Description: Considerations of theoretical issues related to visual arts, broadly understood and of sense experience.

AUPHI390 Indigenous Thought: First Nations Thought and Knowledge Course Page

Description: Examines core issues in Indigenous thought and knowledge.

AUPHI392 World Philosophy: Comparing Perspectives Course Page

Description: Study of philosophy as it takes place outside Europe and North America and outside the Western canon. Topics may include: relationship between philosophy, culture, and spirituality; tradition; reason; language; communitarianism and individualism; nonduality; colonialism; government and power; as well as topics proper to local philosophical traditions. Geographical areas covered vary from year to year.

AUPHI422 Philosophy, Religion and Public Life Research Seminar I Course Page

Description: Preparation of a literature review, research proposal, and presentation of a public life issue that will be explored from philosophical and/or religious perspectives. Research may be participatory archival, or community based. It may include a community service learning component. Classes provide supportive and critical analysis throughout the student's work and research process. Prerequisite: Third or fourth-year standing. Notes: Open only to students with a major in Philosophy and Religion. This course can be taken only by a student who is also registered in AUPHI 423. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPHI 422 and AUREL 432.

AUPHI423 Philosophy, Religion and Public Life Research Seminar II Course Page

Description: Continuation of AUPHI 422. This course involves implementing research, presentation of results, and a final writing project. Research may be participatory, archival, or community based. Classes provide supportive and critical analysis throughout the student's work and research process. Prerequisites: AUPHI 422; third or fourth-year standing. Note: Open only to students with a major in Philosophy and Religion. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPHI 423 and AUREL 433.

AUPHI490 Selected Topics in the History of Philosophy I Course Page

Description: In-depth study of a theme, philosopher, philosophical movement, or philosophical period. Prerequisite: AUPHI 102 or consent of the instructor.

AUPHI491 Selected Topics in the History of Philosophy II Course Page

Description: In-depth study of a theme, philosopher, philosophical movement, or philosophical period. Prerequisite: AUPHI 102 or consent of the instructor.

AUPHI492 Selected Topics in the History of Philosophy III Course Page

Description: In-depth study of a theme, philosopher, philosophical movement, or philosophical period. Prerequisite: AUPHI 102 or consent of the instructor.

AUPHI493 Selected Topics in the History of Philosophy IV Course Page

Description: In-depth study of a theme, philosopher, philosophical movement, or philosophical period. Prerequisite: AUPHI 102 or consent of the instructor.

AUPHI495 Directed Studies I Course Page

Description: Intensive study of a specific area of Philosophy as defined by a student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisites: *9 at a senior level in Philosophy and consent of the instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

AUPHI496 Directed Studies II Course Page

Description: Intensive study of a specific area of Philosophy as defined by a student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisites: *9 at a senior level in Philosophy and consent of the instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

AUPHI497 Directed Studies III Course Page

Description: Intensive study of a specific area of Philosophy as defined by a student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisites: *9 at a senior level in Philosophy and consent of the instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.