1000 Level Courses


A full year introduction to the basic issues and classic writers in the Western philosophical tradition. Areas such as ethics, metaphysics, theory of knowledge and logic will be surveyed by examining the writings of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and Hume, as well as more modern writers.
Course credit exclusion: GL/PHIL 1410 3.00, GL/PHIL 1420 3.00, GL/PHIL 1690 6.00.

AP/PHIL1001 3.0 Knowledge, Truth & Reality

This course is an introduction to philosophy focusing on issues in metaphysics and epistemology. The approach can be either historical or contemporary (or both), but will emphasize diverse philosophical perspectives and have a comparative focus. Basic concepts to be introduced include knowledge and belief, skepticism and dogmatism, relativism and absolutism, and subjectivity and objectivity. The course will encourage critical engagement with philosophical work on such questions as the nature of reality, our knowledge of the external world, and the relationship between our minds and the world. Wherever possible, a comparative perspective will be pursued, pairing texts and theories pertaining to the Western tradition in Philosophy with texts and theories from other traditions, such as the South Asian, East Asian, Islamic, and African traditions. In addition, non-canonical sources will be sought out, including works by women and members of other underrepresented groups in the canon.


An introduction to the development of philosophical thinking about law, justice and punishment, from its origins in classical Greek, Hebrew and Roman thought, up to common law and civil law, and such modern theories as Mill's, Rousseau's, Burke's, Hegel's and Marx's.
Course credit exclusions: None.

PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AK/PHIL 1002 6.00.

AP/PHIL1100 3.0 The Meaning Of Life

An exploration of a number of fundamental practical philosophical questions, including: What is the meaning of (my) life? What is happiness, and how can I achieve it? What is wisdom? What is death, and what does it mean to me?
Course credit exclusions: None.

PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 1100 3.00.