Requirements

Philosophy majors are expected to acquire a foundation in the basic areas of philosophy in order to prepare them for future work and provide a well rounded philosophical education. The acquisition of the knowledge communicated in these courses will provide the student with a background that is both valuable and expected given the level of specialization.

In addition to acquiring a high level of critical and analytical skills inherent in philosophical discourse and investigation, the philosophy major also attains a knowledge of the issues that philosophers have pondered over the ages.

NB: The following requirements apply to all majors who have declared their major following 1 July 2010.

Major

  • At least one of Phil 2015, Phil 2020, Phil 2025
  • At least one of Phil 2070, Phil 2075
  • At least one of Phil 2100, Phil 2200

Honours Major

  • At least two of Phil 2015, Phil 2020 and Phil 2025
  • At least one of Phil 2070, Phil 2075
  • Phil 2100
  • At least one of Phil 2080, Phil 2170, Phil 2240

Specialized Honours

  • At least two of Phil 2015, Phil 2020, Phil 2025
  • At least one of Phil 2070, Phil 2075
  • Phil 2100
  • At least one of Phil 2080, Phil 2170, Phil 2240
  • Phil 3020
  • At least one of Phil 3030, Phil 3035

Required Course Names

  • 2015 3.0 Plato & Aristotle
  • 2020 3.0 Descartes, Spinoza & Leibniz
  • 2025 3.0 Locke, Berkeley & Hume
  • 2070 3.0 Introduction To Ethics
  • 2075 3.0 Introduction To Applied Ethics
  • 2080 3.0 Perception, Knowledge, Causality
  • 2100 3.0 Introduction To Logic
  • 2170 3.0 Freedom, Determinism & Responsibility
  • 2200 3.0 Critical Reasoning
  • 2240 3.0 Introduction To the Phil. Of Mind
  • 3020 3.0 Ethics
  • 3030 3.0 Metaphysics
  • 3035 3.0 Epistemology

Notes for Majors

  1. The honours seminar, Phil 4900 6.0 is offered every year, and it is recommended for honours philosophy majors who are in the last year of their degree. The topic and the course director changes every year, but it is designed to be an indepth treatment of an important philosophical topic. It is a chance for the best philosophy majors to work together!
  2. While Directed Reading courses are listed in the minicalendar like any other course, they are not really the same. Directed Reading courses, Phil 4000, are intended for a major who has done extensive work with a faculty member that they wish to pursue beyond the existing course listings. A student must first have the agreement of a faculty member who will supervise the course before applying. Faculty members receive no credit for these courses.