4000 Level Courses

AP/PHIL4000 3.0/6.0 DIRECTED READING

A course of independent reading under the direction of a member of the faculty. Note: Students must be accepted by a faculty supervisor before they can register in directed reading courses. The course transaction form for such a course must be submitted with a note from the supervisor stating his/her willingness to perform this task. Permission of the department Undergraduate Program Director is also required.
Prerequisites: 84 credits successfully completed with at least 30 credits in philosophy, 12 of which must be at the 4000 level.

AP/PHIL4001 3.0/6.0 DIRECTED READING

A course of independent reading under the direction of a member of the faculty. Note: Students must be accepted by a faculty supervisor before they can register in directed reading courses. The course transaction form for such a course must be submitted with a note from the supervisor stating his/her willingness to perform this task. Permission of the department Undergraduate Program Director is also required.
Prerequisites: 84 credits successfully completed with at least 30 credits in philosophy, 12 of which must be at the 4000 level.

AP/PHIL4010 3.0 SEMINAR IN HISTORICAL PHILOSOPHY

An intensive examination of historical issues in philosophy. Topics vary from year to year.
Prerequisite: At least nine credits in philosophy. Course credit exclusions: None.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/PHIL 4010 3.00.

AP/PHIL4011 3.0A SEMINAR IN THE HISTORY OF MODERN PHILOSOPHY

An intensive examination of the work of one or more philosophers of the modern period. Topics vary from year to year.
PREREQUISITE: At least 9 credits in Philosophy.
PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/PHIL 4011 3.00.

AP/PHIL4020 3.0 SEMINAR IN MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY

An intensive examination of the work of one or more philosophers of the medieval period. Texts may include selections from St. Augustine, St. Anselm, and St. Thomas.
Prerequisite: At least nine credits in philosophy.

AP/PHIL4030 3.0 SEMINAR IN ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY

A close examination of an important work of one of the great ancient philosophers. Alternatively, the seminar may also focus on an important area or theme of ancient philosophy including, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and political theory.
PREREQUISITE: At least nine credits in philosophy, including AP/PHIL 2015 3.00.

AP/PHIL4040 3.0 SEMINAR IN CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY

An intensive examination of problems and contemporary issues in philosophy. Topics vary from year to year.
PREREQUISITE: At least 9 credits in Philosophy.

AP/PHIL4050 3.0 SEMINAR IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY

A seminar on some of the central philosophical problems relating to historical knowledge, such as the controversy over covering laws and between Realists and Idealists.
Prerequisite: At least nine credits in philosophy. AP/PHIL 3270 3.00 is recommended.

AP/PHIL4070 3.0 SEMINAR IN MORAL PHILOSOPHY

An intensive examination of particular problems in moral philosophy, or intensive studies of the writings of individual moral philosophers. Topics vary from year to year.
Prerequisites: At least nine credits in philosophy including AP/PHIL 3020 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3110 3.00. Course credit exclusion: GL/PHIL 4237 3.00 (may be waived with permission of the Department).

AP/PHIL4071 3.0 SEMINAR IN MORAL PHILOSOPHY:  KANT'S MORAL THEORY

An intensive study of Kant's central works in moral philosophy.
Prerequisites:  At least nine credits in philosophy including AP/PHIL 3020 3.00 or AP/PHIL 2080 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3110 3.00.

AP/PHIL4072 3.0 SEMINAR IN ETHICS: ETHICAL THEORY

An intensive study of the main problems in contemporary ethical theory and their treatment by contractarians, Kantians, consequentialists, and virtue theorists.
Prerequisites: At least nine credits in philosophy including AP/PHIL 3020 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3110 3.00.

AP/PHIL4073 3.0 SEMINAR IN ETHICS:  METAETHICS

An intensive study of the main problems in contemporary metaethics including the meaning of moral judgements, the possibility of moral truth, and our reasons to act morally.
Prerequisites: At least nine credits in philosophy including AP/PHIL 3020 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3110 3.00.

AP/PHIL4075 3.0 LIFE, DEATH, ABSURDITY AND MEANING

This course focuses on one of the fundamental questions in philosophy: "What is the meaning of life?". The theories and supporting arguments of major philosophers in the past and present who have addressed this question are analyzed and critically evaluated.
Prerequisites: At least 9 credits in Philosophy.

AP/PHIL4080 3.0 SEMINAR IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF MIND

An intensive examination of one or more of the following topics: mind and body, thinking, intention, emotions, desires, motives, reasons, dispositions, memory, the unconscious and the concept of a person.
Prerequisites: At least nine credits in philosophy, including AP/PHIL 3260 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3265 3.00.

AP/PHIL4082 3.0 PHILOSOPHY OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE

An examination of philosophical issues at the foundations of cognitive science, such as:  mental representation, perception, concepts, rationality, memory, intelligence, modularity, evolutionary psychology, extended and embodied cognition, and         consciousness.
Prerequisite: At least nine credits in philosophy, including at least three credits from the following: AP/PHIL 3260 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3265 3.00.

AP/PHIL4083 3.0 PHILOSOPHY OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

A study of the logic and epistemology of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy and clinical psychology. Some of the questions explored are: Is psychodynamic psychotherapy empirically testable? How do we know that it works? Is it a science?
Prerequisites: At least nine credits in philosophy.

AP/PHIL4084 3.0 ANIMALS AND PHILOSOPHY OF MIND

An examination of the history of animal cognition research, and methodological and conceptual issues related to animal minds.
Prerequisites:  At least nine credits in philosophy, including AP/PHIL 3260 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3265 3.00. .

AP/PHIL4085 3.0 SEMINAR IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF PSYCHIATRY

Explores contemporary analytic and existential/phenomenological work to understand: 1) the role of values in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment; 2) the meaning of a mentally disordered person's experiences, beliefs and utterances; 3) conceptual and scientific foundations of psychiatry; 4) ethical issues pertaining to psychiatric research and care.
Prerequisites: At least nine credits in philosophy.

AP/PHIL4090 3.0 SEMINAR IN METAPHYSICS

An intensive investigation into issues concerning the nature of reality and existence. Focus is on selected issues or the work of particular metaphysicians. Topics vary from year to year.
Prerequisites: At least nine credits in philosophy including three credits from: AP/PHIL 3030 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3035 3.00.

AP/PHIL4110 3.0 SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

An intensive examination of contemporary philosophical problems concerning the growth of science and technology selected from interpretations of theory, of models, of presumed facts, of presumed progress, of experimental technique, and of the place of values in science and technology.
Prerequisites: At least nine credits in philosophy including one of AP/PHIL 2110 3.00, AP/PHIL 3170 3.00, AP/PHIL 3270 3.00, or AP/PHIL 3280 3.00.

AP/PHIL4120 3.0 SEMINAR IN EXISTENTIALISM

An intensive examination of selected works of such thinkers as Pascal, Kierkegaard, and Sartre. Topics include idealism and realism, freedom, the self and others.
Prerequisites: At least nine credits in philosophy including one of: AP/PHIL 3120 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3125 3.00.

AP/PHIL4125 3.0 SEMINAR IN 19TH CENTURY CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY

An intensive examination of one or more figures who shaped Continental philosophy in the 19th Century, such as Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche.
Prerequisite: At least nine credits in philosophy.

AP/PHIL4126 3.0 SEMINAR IN 20TH CENTURY CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY

An intensive examination of one or more figures who shaped Continental philosophy in the 20th Century, such as Husserl, Foucault and Derrida.
Prerequisites: At least nine credits in philosophy.

AP/PHIL4130 3.0 PHILOSOPHY OF NATURE

A critical examination of history of concepts of nature in Western philosophy going back from Kant's Critique of Judgment to aspects of Greek thought, and forward to Hegel's philosophy of nature and to contemporary conceptions, particularly systems theory.
Prerequisite: At least nine credits in philosophy, of which AP/PHIL 3170 3.00, AP/PHIL 3270 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3280 3.00 is recommended.

AP/PHIL4140 3.0 SEMINAR IN AESTHETICS

A critical examination of recent problems in aesthetics concerning the representative function of works of art. Specific topics include the semantic theory of representation; transcription, translation and the making of equivalent structures in art; picturing, symbolizing and artistic vision.
Prerequisite: At least nine credits in philosophy or AP/PHIL 3040 3.00.

AP/PHIL4150 3.0 PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

An exploration of current issues in one or more of the following domains of professional ethics: international, legal, health, research, business and environmental.
Prerequisites: AP/PHIL 2070 3.00 or AP/PHIL 2075 3.00; or 78 total credits and the permission of the course instructor.

AP/PHIL4160 3.0 SEMINAR IN BUSINESS ETHICS

A study of the moral issues involved in business decisions from both theoretical and practical viewpoints. Topics may include conflicts between self-interest and public interest, obligations to consumers and employees, fair employment practices, the ethics of advertising, international trade and ethical codes for businesses.
Prerequisites: AP/PHIL 2070 3.00 or AP/PHIL 2075 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3050 3.00.

AP/PHIL4180 3.0 SEMINAR IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

An intensive study of some selected normative and conceptual problems in contemporary political philosophy.
Prerequisite: At least nine credits in philosophy including one of the following: AP/PHIL 3020 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3110 3.00. Course credit exclusion: GL/PHIL 4626 3.00 (may be waived with permission of the Department).

AP/PHIL4185 3.0 PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES ON JUSTICE

An examination of contemporary perspectives on justice through the lens of practical political issues in Canada and the international arena. Topics may include: multiculturalism, ethnic conflict, racism, sexism, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, human rights, and 'humanitarian' intervention.
Prerequisite: at least 9 credits in philosophy.

AP/PHIL4190 3.0 SEMINAR IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF LAW

An advanced seminar on some contemporary theories of the nature of law and legal reasoning.
Prerequisite: AP/PHIL 2050 6.00 and one of AP/PHIL 3020 3.00, AP/PHIL 3110 3.00, AP/PHIL 3190 3.00, AP/PHL 3195 3.00.

AP/PHIL4200 3.0 SEMINAR IN SEMANTICS

The study of semantics is at the root of philosophical logic, as well as the philosophy of language and linguistics. This course studies a topic in this central area of philosophical inquiry.
Prerequisite: AP/PHIL 3101 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3200 3.00. Course credit exclusion: AP/PHIL 4215 3.00.

AP/PHIL4215 3.0 SEMINAR IN THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY:  RHETORIC

An intensive study of Plato's Gorgias and the Apology. These texts provide the Platonic teaching about rhetoric: the Gorgias states the principles; the Apology is a case study. Their teaching is at the foundation of rhetoric as a liberal art.

AP/PHIL4220 3.0 SEMINAR IN ARGUMENTATION THEORY

An intensive study of one or more theories of argument. These may include field theory, critical thinking and pragma-dialectic approaches.
Prerequisite: At least nine credits in philosophy including AP/PHIL 3220 3.00.

AP/PHIL4221 3.0  SEMINAR IN ARGUMENTATION THEORY:  RECENT WRITINGS IN ARGUMENTATION THEORY

An examination of recent works in argumentation theory deriving from both the dialectical and rhetorical perspectives. The approaches, theoretical similarities and differences between these two perspectives are considered.
Prerequisite: At least nine credits in philosophy.

AP/PHIL4230 3.0 SEMINAR IN EPISTEMOLOGY

An in depth exploration of selected topics in the theory of knowledge.
Prerequisites: At least nine credits in philosophy including three credits from: AP/PHIL 3030 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3035 3.00. Course credit exclusion: GL/PHIL 4217 3.00, GL/PHIL 4217 6.00 (may be waived with permission of the Department).

AP/PHIL4250 3.0 SEMINAR IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF FILM

An intensive investigation into the aesthetics and ontology of film as a form of art and human expression. Particular concentration varies from year to year.
Prerequisite: At least nine credits in philosophy.

AP/PHIL4260 3.0 GENDER AND TRANSGENDER THEORY

The idea of gender, of being a woman or a man, permeates our entire lives. This course explores the philosophical implications of the concept of gender and examines the role that transgender persons and theorists play in our understanding of it.
Prerequisites: At least nine credits in Philosophy or Women's Studies, including one of AP/PHIL 2250 3.00, AP/GL/WMST 2600 6.00, AP/GL WMST 2500 6.00 or AP/GL/WMST 2510 9.00.

AP/PHIL4280 3.0 SCIENCE, NATURE AND GOD
This course investigates the extent to which the available scientific evidence supports the materialist view of the world over the theistic one. It explores the philosophical arguments regarding the origin of the Universe, fine-tuning, irreducible complexity, intelligent design, miracles and the laws of nature, miracles and the conservation of energy, religious experience and behaviour, near-death experiences, as well as theistic and scientific naturalistic explanations thereof.
Prerequisites: At least 9 credits in Philosophy, or at least 6 credits in Philosophy and the permission of the instructor. Prior to enrolling in the course, students must have completed at least 30 university credits.

AP/PHIL4350 3.0 SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE

An intensive examination of one or more topics in the philosophy of language. These topics will vary from year to year.
Prerequisites: At least nine credits in philosophy including AP/PHIL 3200 3.00.

AP/PHIL4351 3.0 SEMINAR IN LOGICAL TRUTH

A critical examination of the concept of logical truth in modern philosophy.
Prerequisite: At least nine credits in philosophy including AP/PHIL 2100 3.00.

AP/PHIL4400 3.0 SEMINAR IN PRAGMATISM

An intensive examination of one of more authors or topics from classical Pragmatism or contemporary Neo-Pragmatism.
Prerequisite: At least nine credits in philosophy. Course credit exclusion: AP/PHIL 4400 3.00 (prior to Fall 2012).

AP/PHIL4450 3.0 SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHICAL LOGIC

An intensive examination of a selected area of philosophical logic. Topics will vary from year to year.
Prerequisites: At least nine credits in philosophy, including AP/PHIL 2100 3.00.

AP/PHIL4460 3.0 PHILOSOPHICAL LOGICAL

An intensive study of symbolic logic (including extensions of basic first order logic such as modal logic and dynamic logic) and its application to philosophical topics.
Prerequisite: AP/PHIL 2100 3.00 with a grade of C+ or higher.

AP/PHIL4500 3.0 TOPICS IN FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY

An intensive study of recent feminist writings in one or more of the following areas: aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of science, philosophy of the social sciences, theories of subjectivity, philosophy of language, theories of rationality.
Prerequisite: At least nine credits in philosophy including one of AP/PHIL 2250 3.00 or AP/PHIL 2500 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3510 3.00 or AP/PHIL 3519 3.00.

AP/PHIL4750 6.0 HONOURS THESIS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Students carry out an individual piece of research in cognitive science in consultation with a thesis supervisor and write a thesis.
Prerequisite: Permission of the course director.

AP/PHIL4800 3.0 CORE THEORETICAL PHILOSOPHY I

This course offers an advanced survey of some central themes in contemporary theoretical philosophy. It is designed to ensure that students have sufficient background to pursue graduate-level research in these areas.
Prerequisites:  At least 30 credits in philosophy (PHIL) and permission of the course director.

AP/PHIL4802 3.0 CORE PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY I

An advanced survey of some central themes in contemporary practical philosophy. The course is designed to ensure that students have sufficient background to pursue graduate-level research in these areas.
Prerequisites:  At least 30 credits in philosophy (PHIL) and permission of the course director.

AP/PHIL4900 6.0 HONOURS SEMINAR

The focus of this course will vary from year to year. Please consult the philosophy supplemental calendar for further information.
Prerequisites: Honours students in philosophy who have completed at least 18 credits in philosophy. This course is for 4th year philosophy honours majors only.