2000 Level Courses

AP/PHIL2010 3.0 ORIGINS OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY

An examination of the origin and early development of western philosophy. The works of the first philosophers, the Presocratic, will be introduced and contextualized, providing an indispensable background to Plato and Aristotle, and the continuing development of philosophy.
Course credit exclusions: GL/PHIL 2630 6.00.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 2010 3.00.

AP/PHIL2015 3.0 PLATO & ARISTOTLE

An examination of some of the most influential and enduringly relevant works of Plato and Aristotle, the two great pillars of western philosophy, demonstrating how all modern philosophy has its roots in their corpus.
Course credit exclusion: GL/PHIL 2630 6.00.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/PHIL 2015 3.00.

AP/PHIL2020 3.0 DESCARTES, SPINOZA & LEIBNIZ

The works of Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz are crucial building blocks of our contemporary understanding of the world. This course examines their work.
Course credit exclusions: AP/PHIL 2020 3.00 (prior to Fall 2010), GL/PHIL 2620 6.00.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/PHIL 2020 3.00.

AP/PHIL2025 3.0 LOCKE, BERKELEY & HUME

Locke, Berkeley and Hume manifested an approach to philosophy that emphasized sense experience and the development of all knowledge from it. This course explores this tradition and its impact on our current world view.
Course credit exclusions: AP/PHIL 2025 3.00 (prior to Fall 2010), GL/PHIL 2620 6.00.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 2025 3.00.

AP/PHIL2035 3.0 ASIAN PHILOSOPHICAL TRADITIONS

An introduction to the major philosophical traditions of India and China.
Course credit exclusions: None.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/PHIL 2035 3.00.

AP/PHIL2040 3.0 Introduction to Islamic Philosophy

An introduction to some of the key figures, seminal texts, and main themes of Islamic philosophy in the classical period. Authors may include: al-Farabi, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), al-Ghazali, and Ibn Rushd (Averroes).
Course credit exclusions: None.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/PHIL 2550 3.00.

AP/PHIL2050 6.0 PHILOSOPHY OF LAW

What is law and what is a legal system? Is there anything special about judicial reasoning? What is the relationship between law and morality? What justifies the use of law? What, if anything, justifies punishing those who break the law?
Course credit exclusion: GL/PHIL 2925 3.00.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/PHIL 3530 6.00 (prior to Summer 2007), AK/AS/PHIL 2050 6.00.

AP/PHIL2060 3.0 SOCIAL & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

An introduction to philosophy focusing on problems concerning the nature of society, the nature of the state, justice and human rights, freedom and censorship, etc.
Course credit exclusion: GL/PHIL 2923 3.00.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 2060 3.00, AK/PHIL 2440 3.00.

AP/PHIL2070 3.0 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS

A basic introduction both to the major ethical theories in Western thought and to some basic metaethical questions concerning the possibility of moral truth.
Course credit exclusion: AP/MODR 1760 6.00.
Prior TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 2070 3.00, AK/MODR 1760 6.00, and AS/PHIL 2071 3.00 (prior to Summer 2006).

AP/PHIL2075 3.0 INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED ETHICS

An introduction to ethics focusing on the application of ethical theories to controversial public issues such as abortion, affirmative action and euthanasia, among others.
Course credit exclusion: GL/PHIL 2615 3.00.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 2075 3.00, AS/PHIL 2071 3.00 (prior to Summer 2006).

 AP/PHIL2080 3.0 PERCEPTION, KNOWLEDGE & CAUSALITY

An introduction to philosophical discussion about what exists, and how the most basic things interact with each other (the subject of metaphysics), and what we can truly know about such things (the subject of epistemology).
Course credit exclusions: None.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 2080 3.00.

AP/PHIL2090 3.0 Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

Does God exist? Can religious belief be explained away? What is the relationship between faith and reason? Through a selection of classic readings, this course provides a survey of some central topics in the philosophy of religion.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 2090 3.00.

AP/PHIL2100 3.0 INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC

Logic, in the philosophical tradition, is the study of what makes arguments valid. That is, it aims to distinguish correct reasoning from faulty reasoning. This course presents the basic elements of modern symbolic logic for the beginning student.
Course credit exclusion: GL/PHIL 2640 6.00, GL/PHIL 2690 3.00.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/PHIL 2100 3.00 (prior to Summer 2007), AS/PHIL 2100 3.00.

AP/PHIL2110 3.0 Truth, Theory and Superstition

There are diverse views on how to improve one's understanding of research, even in the case of established natural or social sciences. This course investigates theories of scientific methodology that illustrate the conflict between truth and superstition.
Course credit exclusion: AP/PHIL 2110 3.00 (prior to Fall 2012).
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 2110 3.00.

AP/PHIL2120 3.0 INTRODUCTION TO EXISTENTIALISM

An introduction to some central themes of existentialism such as the individual, being, the absurd, freedom, moral choice. These themes are explored in the work of philosophers such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Camus, Sartre, de Beauvoir.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/PHIL 2120 3.00, AS/PHIL 2120 3.00.

AP/PHIL2130 3.0 PHILOSOPHY OF ART & LITERATURE

Is truth relevant to art? What connections are there between art and morality? Are aesthetic judgments purely subjective or is there an objective basis for them? What is the artist's role in society?
Course credit exclusions: None.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 2130 3.00.

AP/PHIL2150 3.0 Philosophy Of Education

An introduction to the philosophy of education, focusing on both traditional and contemporary theorists. Questions explored include how philosophies of education reflect theories of human nature, what counts as knowledge and who decides, whose interests education should serve, and what is required for education to be successful.
Course credit exclusions: None.

AP/PHIL2160 3.0 MINDS, BRAINS & MACHINES

An introduction to the study of human cognition and the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science. Questions covered include: What is artificial intelligence? Is it possible that we will someday build computers that think? Does language affect thought? Do we think in language or pictures? How is conscious experience related to the brain?
Course credit exclusions: None.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 2160 3.00.

AP/PHIL2170 3.0 FREEDOM, DETERMINISM & RESPONSIBILITY

An investigation of different concepts of freedom, and how they relate to arguments for free will and determinism, the adjudication of people's responsibility for their actions, the justification of punishment and some related moral problems.
Course credit exclusions: None.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/PHIL 2170 3.00, AS/PHIL 2170 3.00.

AP/PHIL2200 3.0 CRITICAL REASONING

A systematic study of practical argument, formal and informal fallacies, and the relationship between arguing well and winning an argument. Methods of identifying and undermining specious arguments will be explored as well as the question of when argument becomes propaganda.
Course credit exclusion: AP/MODR 1770 6.00.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/MODR 1770 6.00, AK/MODR 2410 3.00 (prior to Fall/Winter 2005-2006) and AS/PHIL 2200 3.00.

 AP/PHIL2240 3.0 INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF MIND

An introduction to metaphysical theories about the relationship between the mind and the body. We examine Descartes' mind-body dualism as well as 20th century theories including: behaviourism, the identity theory, machine and causal functionalism, instrumentalism, eliminativism, and emergentism.
Course credit exclusions: None.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AS/PHIL 2240 3.00, AK/PHIL 2240 3.00.

AP/PHIL2250 3.0 PHILOSOPHY OF GENDER & SEXUALITY

An examination of some conceptual and normative questions about gender and the nature, forms and regulation of human sexuality.
Course credit exclusions: None.
Prior TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 2250 3.00.

AP/PHIL2420 3.0 HUMAN NATURE

An introduction to philosophy focusing upon traditional and contemporary views of human nature. The course focuses on the question of whether we are basically good or evil, rational or irrational, free or unfree, altruistic or egoistic. Course credit exclusions: None.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 2420 3.00.

AP/PHIL2430 3.0 Epistemology, Ethics & Applied Science

An investigation of the epistemological questions that scientific change poses, beginning with historical examples, and moving to contemporary science and technology. The resulting insights are used to consider the ethical impact of science. Course credit exclusions: None.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AK/PHIL 2430 3.00.

AP/PHIL2500 3.0 GENDER, POWER AND OPPRESSION: INTRODUCTION TO FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY

This course takes up the topics, questions and debates that have shaped the development of feminist philosophy, and which have been changed by feminist philosophy, in turn. Topics include rationality, knowledge and emotion, personal identity, mind and body, political power and oppression, the nature and origin of moral values and the roles of sameness and difference in political equality. Course credit exclusion: AP/PHIL 2500 3.00 (prior to Summer 2011).
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 2500 3.00.