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Introduction to Philosophy: Values and Society
Description: 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.
Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Moral Issues in a Christian Context
Description: Analysis and evaluation of selected moral and social issues.
Description: 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.
Description: This course focuses on 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 301 completed prior to 2012.
Description: A study of the formal theory of rationality including probability and induction, and elementary decision theory, with attention to the paradoxes of choice.
Natural Philosophy and the Christian Tradition
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Description: A philosophical examination of moral and social issues arising from the computer revolution. Possible topics include hacking, internet culture, smart environments and cyborgs.
Introduction to Philosophy of Mathematics
Description: 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.
Description: Variable content course which may be repeated if topic(s) vary.
Philosophy and Nursing I: Christian Perspectives
Description: Examining traditional applications of moral philosophy to issues in healthcare from a Christian perspective. Topics may include professionalism, confidentiality, nurse-patient relationships, and principled approaches to bioethics. Note: Open only to students registered in the BScN-Collaborative program. Not available for credit to students who have completed PHIL 388.
Description: 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.
Description: A study of ethical issues that arising in health care and in the practice of health professions.
Philosophy and Nursing II: Christian Perspectives
Description: Examining moral and social issues surrounding the goals of nursing and of healthcare from a Christian perspective, using traditional bioethics principles and complementary approaches (e.g. ethics of care, virtue ethics, etc.). Topics may include death and dying, allocation of scarce resources, issues in paediatric care, and global health issues. Note: Open only to students registered in the BScN-Collaborative program. Not available for credit to students who have completed PHIL 398.
Description: Selected theories and problems concerning the nature of space and time. A strong background in philosophy, mathematics, or physical sciences is desirable. Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Description: Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200 level, or consent of Department.
17th- and 18th-Century Continental Philosophy
Description: Topics concerning the early modern philosophical tradition of Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz. Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.
17th- and 18th-Century British Philosophy
Description: 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.