Department of PhilosophyWestern Arts and Humanities

3000 Level Courses

Philosophy 3003F - Plato
Philosophy 3006G - Aristotle
Philosophy 3012F - Medieval Philosophy
Philosophy 3026GF - Locke
Philosophy 3040G - Origins of Analytic Philosophy
Philosophy 3170F - Topics in History of Ethics
Philosophy 3170G - Topics in History of Ethics
Philosophy 3270F - Philosophy and Linguistics
Philosophy 3450G - Philosophy of Neuroscience
Philosophy 3501F - Epistemology
Philosophy 3601G - Metaphysics
Philosophy 3710G - Metaethics
Philosophy 3720G - Normative Ethics
Philosophy 3993F - The Ethics of Science/The Science of Ethics I

Philosophy 3003F - Plato

Instructor: D. Henry

This course is a critical examination of the philosophy of Plato and (Plato’s) Socrates. Plato is agreed to be one of the most dazzling writers in the Western literary tradition and one of the most engaging and influential philosophers in the history of Western thought. The course will cover representative dialogues from each of the three traditional periods of Plato thought: the early “Socratic” dialogues; the so-called middle dialogues; and his late period. Throughout these dialogues we find the character of Socrates engaged in conversation with various Athenians on a whole range of philosophical issues: What is philosophical inquiry and how should it be conducted? Can rational arguments be used to convince people to follow their best interests or does philosophy need to rely on the art of persuasion (rhetoric)? Does knowledge require an unchanging world of Forms or can it be grounded in our immediate sensations of the things around us? Is it more shameful to commit injustice or to suffer injustice? Is the life devoted to the pursuit of pleasure philosophically defensible? If not, what role does pleasure occupy in the good life? Students will engage original texts in translation. Although the course is intended for students who wish to examine the philosophy of Plato and Socrates, it will also be suited for those with a general interest in the history of philosophy, ethics, and metaphysics.
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Philosophy 3006G - Aristotle

Instructor: J. Thorp

This course attempts to give students a deepened, but still broad, understanding of Aristotle by means of the careful study of a series of twelve celebrated texts.  The subjects of the selected texts will be: the ontology of the Categories, the foundations of semantics, the status of future contingents, the refutation of the Theory of Forms, the defense of the Principle of Non-Contradiction, the theory of truth, the definition of soul, the theory of animal reproduction, the refutation of the void, the resolution of Zeno's paradoxes, the nature of mathematics and the object of metaphysics.

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Philosophy 3026G - Locke

Instructor:  B. Hill

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Philosophy 3170F - Topics in the History of Ethics

Instructor: A. Skelton

Classical utilitarianism is the view according to which the only fundamental requirement of morality is to maximize surplus aggregate well-being. The historically most important defense of this view appears in Henry Sidgwick’s (1838-1900) The Methods of Ethics. While The Methods of Ethics has influenced many important philosophers, including G. E. Moore, John Rawls and Derek Parfit, its main meta-ethical and normative theses are not widely known. Accordingly, this course is designed to familiarize students with the nature and significance of those theses.

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Philosophy 3170G - Topics in the History of Ethics

Instructor:  D. Henry

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Philosophy 3270F - Philosophy and Linguistics

Instructor: R. Stainton

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Philosophy 3450G - Philosophy of Neuroscience

Instructor:  J. Sullivan

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Philosopy 3501G - Epistemology

Instructor: J. Thorp

An advanced introduction to the theory of knowledge. A number of representative positions ranging from standard analytic epistemology to naturalized epistemology on the issues of knowledge and epistemic justification will be compared and contrasted.

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Philosophy 3601G - Metaphysics

Instructor: J. Thorp

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Philosophy 3710G - Metaethics

Instructor: R. Robb

The main function of this course is to introduce students to some of the main problems and approaches in contemporary meta-ethics. Meta-ethics involves the study of the presuppositions of moral discourse and normative ethical theorizing and is therefore concerned with epistemological, metaphysical and semantic issues, among others.

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Philosophy 3720G - Normative Ethics

Instructor: A. Skelton

This course is devoted to examining a number of problems in contemporary normative ethics. We will focus in particular on the debate between utilitarianism and its deontological detractors, aggregation, issues in population ethics, and select theories of value.

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Philosophy 3993F - The Ethics of Science/The Science of Ethics I

Instructors: G. Barker

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