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PHIL101 Introduction to Philosophy: Values and Society Course Page

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.

PHIL102 Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality Course Page

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.

PHIL120 Symbolic Logic I Course Page

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.

PHIL125 Practical Logic Course Page

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.

PHIL200 Metaphysics Course Page

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.

PHIL205 Philosophy of Mind Course Page

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

PHIL209 The Human Person: Philosophical Issues Course Page

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

PHIL215 Epistemology Course Page

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.

PHIL217 Biology, Society, and Values Course Page

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

PHIL220 Symbolic Logic II Course Page

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.

PHIL230 Ancient Greek Philosophy Course Page

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

PHIL233 Trial and Execution of Socrates Course Page

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

PHIL239 Greek Philosophy and the Christian Tradition Course Page

Description: 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.

PHIL240 Descartes to Hume Course Page

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

PHIL249 Medieval Philosophy and the Christian Tradition Course Page

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

PHIL250 Contemporary Ethical Issues Course Page

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

PHIL265 Philosophy of Science Course Page

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.

PHIL269 Moral Issues in a Christian Context Course Page

Description: Analysis and evaluation of selected moral and social issues.

PHIL270 Political Philosophy Course Page

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

PHIL272 Feminist Philosophy Course Page

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

PHIL279 Philosophy of Hunting Course Page

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

PHIL280 Philosophy of Art Course Page

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.

PHIL291 Existentialism Course Page

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

PHIL302 Indian Philosophy Course Page

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.

PHIL305 Philosophy of Psychology Course Page

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

PHIL309 Augustine Course Page

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

PHIL319 Thomas Aquinas Course Page

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

PHIL325 Risk, Choice, and Rationality Course Page

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

PHIL329 Natural Philosophy and the Christian Tradition Course Page

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.

PHIL333 Aristotle Course Page

Description: An in-depth study of the philosophy of Aristotle.

PHIL336 Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy Course Page

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

PHIL339 Contemporary World Views and Christianity Course Page

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

PHIL343 Kant to Nietzsche Course Page

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.

PHIL345 Humans and Animals Course Page

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.

PHIL350 Foundations of Ethics Course Page

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.

PHIL355 Environmental Ethics Course Page

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

PHIL357 Philosophy of Religion Course Page

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.

PHIL359 Topics in Christian Philosophy Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL365 Philosophy of Computing Course Page

Description: Emphasis on artificial intelligence, artificial life, and virtual reality. No previous familiarity with computing is necessary.

PHIL366 Computers and Culture Course Page

Description: A philosophical examination of moral and social issues arising from the computer revolution. Possible topics include hacking, internet culture, smart environments and cyborgs.

PHIL367 Introduction to Philosophy of Mathematics Course Page

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.

PHIL368 Topics in Social Justice Course Page

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

PHIL379 Philosophy and Nursing I: Christian Perspectives Course Page

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.

PHIL383 Film and Philosophy Course Page

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.

PHIL384 Topics in Practical Ethics Course Page

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

PHIL386 Health Care Ethics Course Page

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

PHIL388 Philosophy and Nursing I Course Page

Description: Examining traditional applications of moral philosophy to issues in healthcare. Topics include professionalism, confidentiality, nurse-patient relationships, and principled approaches to bioethics. Note: Open only to students registered in the BScN-Collaborative program.

PHIL389 Philosophy and Nursing II: Christian Perspectives Course Page

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.

PHIL396 Third-Year Honors Seminar Course Page

Description: Note: For students in the third year of the Honors program.

PHIL398 Philosophy and Nursing II Course Page

Description: Examining moral and social issues surrounding the goals of nursing and of health care, 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. Note: Open only to students registered in the BScN Collaborative program and who have completed PHIL 388. Not available for credit to students who have completed PHIL 389.

PHIL399 Religious Existentialism Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL400 Topics in Metaphysics Course Page

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

PHIL405 Topics in Philosophy of Mind Course Page

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

PHIL411 Philosophy of Space and Time Course Page

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.

PHIL412 Topics in Philosophy of Science Course Page

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

PHIL420 Metalogic Course Page

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.

PHIL422 Topics in Advanced Symbolic Logic Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: PHIL 220 or consent of Department.

PHIL426 Philosophy of Language Course Page

Description: 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.

PHIL436 Topics in Medieval Philosophy Course Page

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

PHIL438 Topics in Indian Philosophy Course Page

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

PHIL440 Topics in Ancient Philosophy Course Page

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

PHIL442 17th- and 18th-Century Continental Philosophy Course Page

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.

PHIL443 17th- and 18th-Century British Philosophy Course Page

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.

PHIL444 Kant Course Page

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

PHIL445 Topics in 19th-Century Philosophy Course Page

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

PHIL446 Early Analytic Philosophy Course Page

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

PHIL448 Topics in 20th-Century Philosophy Course Page

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

PHIL450 Topics in Ethics Course Page

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

PHIL451 Topics in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy Course Page

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

PHIL459 Advanced Topics in Christian Philosophy Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL470 Topics in Social and Political Philosophy Course Page

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

PHIL480 Topics in Aesthetics Course Page

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

PHIL486 Directed Reading I Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: consent of Department.

PHIL487 Directed Reading II Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: consent of Department.

PHIL488 Current Research in Philosophy Course Page

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

PHIL492 Topics in Phenomenology Course Page

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

PHIL493 Fourth-Year Honors Seminar Course Page

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

PHIL498 Honors Essay Course Page

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

PHIL500 Metaphysics Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL505 Philosophy of Mind Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL510 Philosophy of Science Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL522 Topics in Logic Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL526 Philosophy of Language Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL536 Topics in Medieval Philosophy Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL540 Topics in Ancient Philosophy Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL546 Topics in Modern Philosophy Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL547 Topics in 20th Century Philosophy Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL550 Moral Philosophy Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL570 Social and Political Philosophy Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL580 Aesthetics Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL592 Topics in Phenomenology Course Page

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

PHIL594 Selected Problems in Philosophy Course Page
No description available for this course.
PHIL596 Directed Reading I Course Page

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

PHIL597 Directed Reading II Course Page

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