Undergraduate Courses 2017- 18

2017-18 Fall/ Winter Courses * Please note: these courses are tentative and subject to change.

1000- Level Courses

Philosophy 1020 - Introduction to Philosophy

Through readings, film and other media this course explores debates about knowledge, truth, reality, religion, morality, politics, and the meaning of life. A weekly tutorial hour will help students to develop skills of analysis and expression. Course outline

Instructor: A. Skelton Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 - 3:30, plus tutorial AHB 1R40

Philosophy 1030A - Understanding Science

This non-essay course introduces conceptual issues about science: What distinguishes science from non-science? Are there limits to what science can or should explain? What does science tell us about reality? What is the relationship between science and religion? What is the role and value of science in a democratic society? Course outline

Instructor: W. Myrvold Monday, Wednesday 11:30 - 12:30, plus tutorial WSC 240

Philosophy 1040F - Ethics, Law and Politics

Many problems faced by individuals and societies lie at the intersection of ethics, law, and politics. This course will consider issues that can be analyzed along ethical, legal, and/or political lines, with a focus on understanding the differences between moral, legal, and political arguments and solutions to contemporary societal problems. Course outline

Instructor: M. Milde Monday, Wednesday 11:30 - 12:30, plus tutorial MC 110

Philosophy 1130G - Big Ideas

Apparently simple conceptions sometimes especially capture our imagination. Examples: Descartes's "I think, therefore I am," McLuhan's "the medium is the message," or Plato's theory of forms. The course examines a great number of these simple ideas that are also the Big Ideas that no educated person should be ignorant of. Course Outline

Instructor: R. DiSalle Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 - 11:30, plus tutorial UCC 41, P&AB 106

Philosophy 1200 (200) - Critical Thinking (Blended)

An introduction to basic principles of reasoning and critical thinking designed to enhance the student's ability to evaluate various forms of reasoning as found in everyday life as well as in academic disciplines. The course will deal with such topics as inductive and deductive reasoning, the nature and function of definitions, types of fallacies, the use and misuse of statistics, and the rudiments of logic. Primarily for first-year students. Course Outline

Instructor: A. Mendelovici, plus tutorial Monday 9:30-10:30 SSC 2024

Philosophy 1305G - Questions of the Day

This course develops students' ability to approach disputed questions by seeing them from both sides so that they reach their own view only after respecting a broad range of argument. Six questions will be considered, including human (over) population, the public funding of art, and the limits of religious freedom. Course Outline

Instructor: G. Barker Monday, Wednesday 1:30 - 2:30, plus tutorial SH 2355

2000- Level Courses

Philosophy 2010F - Philosophy of Food

A philosophical reflection on food and wine. Issues may include the treatment of animals, moral and political dimensions of genetically modified food, hunger and obligation to the poor, the role of food in gender, personal and national identity, and what role do food and wine play in the good life. Course Outline

Instructor: B. Hill Tuesday 1:30 - 2:30, Wednesday 9:30 - 11:30 UCC 66

Philosophy 2010G - Philosophy of Food

A philosophical reflection on food and wine. Issues may include the treatment of animals, moral and political dimensions of genetically modified food, hunger and obligation to the poor, the role of food in gender, personal and national identity, and what role do food and wine play in the good life. Course Outline

Instructor: H. Lagerlund Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 - 9:30 AHB 2B02

Philosophy 2020 - Basic Logic

Modern formal logic including argument structure, propositional logic and elementary quantification. Applications to everyday reasoning and to computer "thinking" are considered, along with related issues in semantics and the philosophy of logic. Intended primarily for students not planning further studies in Philosophy or Logic. Course Outline

Antirequisite: Philosophy 2250, 2252W/X, 2254 (Huron) Computer Science 2209A/B.

Instructor: J. Bell Monday and Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30 VAC 100

Philosophy 2021A - Oppositions and Paradoxes

This course investigates the role played in philosophical and scientific thought by basic oppositions, such as Continuous vs. Discrete, One vs. Many, and Finite vs. Infinite, and analyzes many philosophical and scientific paradoxes: Zeno’s paradoxes, the Liar Paradox, Russell's paradox, paradoxes of the infinite, and paradoxes arising from time travel. Course Outline

Instructor: J. Bell Monday 12:30 - 2:30, Wednesday 12:30 - 1:30 NCB 293

Philosophy 2032F - Einstein for Everyone

Astronauts age more slowly. Time can have a beginning. Space and time are curved. All these surprising claims are consequences of Einstein's revolutionary theories of relativity. This course explains these and related ideas in historical context and explores their philosophical significance. Course Outline

Instructor: R. DiSalle Tuesday 11:30 - 1:30, Thursday 11:30 - 12:30 WL 258

Philosophy 2033B - Environmental Philosophy

An examination of several key issues arising out of the present environmental crisis. Sample topics include: to what extent the environmental crisis is a scientific, religious, or ethical problem; the Gaia hypothesis; deep and shallow ecology; the land ethic; ecofeminism; the environment and economics; and sustainable development. Course Outline

Instructor: W. Myrvold Monday 11:30 - 1:30, Wednesday 12:30 - 1:30 AHB 1B08

Philosophy 2044G - Introduction to the Philosophy of Psychiatry

An introduction to core issues in the philosophy of psychiatry. Topics may include: a survey of historical and contemporary theories of the nature of mental disorder and its treatment; case studies designed to highlight controversies surrounding specific mental disorders, most notably, Depressive Disorders, Personality Disorders, Eating Disorders, and the Psychoses. Course Outline

Instructor: L. Charland Wendesday 11:30 - 12:30, Friday 11:30 - 1:30 SH 3345

Philosophy 2061G - Science vs Religion

This course studies the epistemological clash between religion and science, looking especially at evolutionary theory, cosmology, the physics of time, and miracles. It also studies attempts to reconcile these two systems of knowledge. Finally, it examines the science of religion: anthropological theories of religion and the cognitive science of religion. Course Outline

Instructor: J. Thorp Monday 11:30- 1:30, Wednesday 11:30- 12:30 SSC 3026

Philosophy 2062F - Power, Privilege, and Oppression

An examination of philosophical approaches to understanding relationships of power, privilege, and oppression. The material will include work in feminist philosophy, critical race theory, and/or postcolonial theory. There will be the discussion of forms of oppression along the lines of gender, race, class, disability, and sexuality, with a focus on intersectional analyses. Course Outline

Antirequisite: Philosophy 2630F/G.

Instructor: G. Barker Monday 10:30 - 11:30, Wednesday 10:30 - 12:30 B&GS 1056

Philosophy 2073F - Death

The meaning and moral importance of death will be explored through a series of questions: What is death? Is death a bad thing? Do people survive death? What do we mean when we say that someone is "dying"? Should knowledge of death change the way we live our lives? Course Outline

Instructor: R. Robb  Monday 11:30 - 12:30, Wednesday 11:30 - 1:30 SSC 3014

Philosophy 2074F - Business Ethics

Ethical analysis of issues arising in contemporary business life. Sample topics: ethical codes in business; fair and unfair competition, advertising and consumer needs and wants; responsibilities to investors, employees, and society; conflicts of interest and obligation; business and the regulatory environment. Course Outline

Instructor: D. Proessel  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30 - 3:30 SSC 2032

Philosophy 2077G - Gender and Sexuality

An investigation of ways that contemporary philosophers deal with concepts of gender and sexuality, addressing such issues as the regulation and production of normative sexuality, the question of essentialism, the construction and disciplining of the gendered body, and the effects of new media on sexual identity. Course Outline

Instructor: J. Epp      Monday 6:30 - 9:30  P&AB 34

Philosophy 2078G (200) - Digitial Ethics

Through social media, computer gaming, and virtual communities, we spend a considerable portion of our lives in the digital world. What moral considerations ought to guide our conduct as digital citizens? This class will consider the ethics of life online through a study of moral theory and ethical problems. Course Outline

Instructor: S. Brennan Tuesday 3:30 - 4:30, plus 2 hours online MC 110

Philosophy 2080 - Philosophy of Law

A study of some main problems in legal philosophy. Emphasis is given to actual law, e.g. criminal law and contracts, as a background to questions of law's nature. Specimen topics: police powers in Canada, contractual obligation, insanity defence, judicial reasoning and discretion, civil liberties, legal responsibility, natural law and legal positivism. Course Outline

Antirequisite: MIT 2020F/G.

Instructor: J. Hildebrand Wednesday 7:00 - 9:00 AHB 1R40

Philosophy 2083G - Terrorism

A study of contemporary philosophical discussions of terrorism, including different perspectives on the question of whether terrorism is morally justifiable. Related issues such as just war and civil disobedience will also be touched upon. Course Outline

Instructor: R. Robb Tuesday 9:30- 11:30, Thursday 10:30- 11:30 TC 341

2200- Level Courses

Philosophy 2200F - Ancient Philosophy

This course studies four key movements in ancient philosophy: Platonism, Aristotelianism, Epicureanism, and Stoicism. This course will provide students with an introduction to these movements, which helped shape the foundations of Western philosophy and science. We shall examine such questions as: What is the underlying nature of reality? Is the fundamental state of the universe motion or stability? Is knowledge possible? If so, how do we acquire it? Can we have knowledge of a changing world or does knowledge require eternal, unchanging objects (e.g. Plato’s Forms)? What is philosophy and how should it be practiced? What is the nature of happiness and how does one attain it? How many kinds of friendship are there? Is friendship necessary for happiness? Course Outline

Instructor: J. Thorp Tuesday 10:30 - 12:30, Thursday 10:30 - 11:30 AHB 3B04

Philosophy 2202G - Early Modern Philosophy

We will survey the key figures and texts of the early Modern period. We will consider issues in metaphysics (the nature of substance, accounts of causality), epistemology (the challenge of skepticism, whether any ideas are innate), natural theology (proofs of God’s existence), and the philosophy of mind (the nature and extent of consciousness, the relation of mind to body). Course Outline

Instructor: C. Dyck Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:30 - 1:30 P&AB 106

Philosophy 2250 - Introduction to Logic

Logic is the study of valid reasoning. In this course, we will study the relation of logical consequence, i.e., the relation that holds between the premises and the conclusion of a valid argument and we will learn methods to assess the validity of arguments. We will study the language of first-order logic, a formal language in which the structure of arguments can be concisely and perspicuously represented. We will also learn to symbolize formally the structure of arguments couched in natural language and we will study semantic and syntactic methods to assess the validity of formal arguments. Philosophical problems of formal logic will also be discussed and some metatheoretical results proving the adequacy of methods to assess validity will be explored. Course Outline

Antirequisite: Philosophy 2020, 2252W/X.

Instructor: L. Falkenstein Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 - 10:30 AHB 2B04

Philosophy 2260F - Introduction to Philosophy of Language

A survey of contemporary and historical philosophical works on language. Topics may include: What is a language? How are language and thought related? Does linguistic meaning come from the world, communicative activity, or the mind? Authors may include, among others: Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Austin, Grice and Chomsky. Course Outline

Instructor: D. Bourget Monday 2:30 - 3:30, Wednesday 2:30 - 4:30 AHB 2B04

Philosophy 2300G - Philosophy of Science

A discussion of conceptual problems which fall between science and philosophy, as well as broader epistemological issues concerning theory change and the concept of progress in science. Course Outline

Antirequisite: Philosophy 2030F/G.

Instructor: E. Desjardins Monday 2:30 - 4:30, Wednesday 2:30 - 3:30 AHB 2B04

Philosophy 2320G - Philosophy for Integrated Science 

An introduction to aspects of science not covered in traditional science courses. This includes a history of science, scientific methodology, ethical dimensions of conducting and applying research, and conceptual issues in specific disciplines. The role of the media in disseminating science and how science shapes public policy will be discussed. Course Outline

Antirequisite: Philosophy 1030A/B. Prerequisite: Enrolment in Year 2 of the Integrated Science Program (WISc).

Prerequisite: Enrolment in Year 2 of the Integrated Science Program (WISc).

Instructor: C. Smeenk Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30- 9:30 P&AB 117

Philosophy 2355F (650) - Sustainability

Sustainability is now widely advocated, but what exactly does it mean? Is sustainability a trendy ideology, an ethical ideal, or a scientifically based endeavour to protect people and the environment? This course addresses these questions and fosters reflections on what ought to be sustained, and what is required to make that possible. Course Outline

Instructor:  E. Desjardins   Online

Philosophy 2356G - Philosophy and Climate Change

This course explores philosophical issues related to climate change, including problems of knowledge in climate science; making choices when outcomes are deeply uncertain; international justice in climate policy; weighing harms to future generations and to non-human nature; the moral significance of risk of human extinction; and revision of cultural values. Course Outline

Instructor: G. Barker Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30, Thursday 10:30 - 12:30 NCB 114

Philosophy 2370G - Science and Values

A study of the relationships between scientific practice, cultural institutions, and human values. Attention will be devoted to such topics as the commercialization of research, military research, genetically modified organisms, and the study of race and gender. Course Outline

Instructor: K. Okruhlik Tuesday 11:30 - 12:30, Thursday 11:30 - 1:30 HSB 11

Philosophy 2400G - Introduction to Philosophy of Mind

An introduction to the philosophy of mind, drawing on contemporary and historical sources. Topics may include knowledge of other minds; free will; personal identity; what makes something mental; dualism and materialism; survival after death. Course Outline

Instructor: A. Mendelovici Monday 10:30 - 11:30, Wednesday 10:30 - 12:30 SSC 3010

Philosophy 2410F - Issues in Philosophy of Emotions

Do emotions interfere with reason and morality or are they required for both? Are emotions primarily biological or are they social constructions? These and other questions will be addressed using a variety of readings ranging from contemporary analytic and feminist philosophy to modern neurobiology and psychology. Course Outline

Instructor: L. Charland Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30, Thursday 9:30 - 11:30 UCC 54B

Philosophy 2500F - Introduction to Theory of Knowledge

An introduction to the main problems of epistemology. Specimen topics include the nature of human knowledge and belief, perception, evidence, truth and confirmation. Course Outline

Instructor: G. Barker Tuesday 1:30 - 2:30, Thursday 1:30- 3:30 B&GS 1056

Philosophy 2557G - Existentialism

We will consider the meaning of human existence, including issues of freedom, agency, and relations among humans. Drawing on classic and contemporary texts, such as those from Nietzsche, Sartre, and Beauvoir, among others, this course will consider how we meaningfully encounter our world and interact and engage with others. Course Outline

Instructor: H. Fielding Tuesday 4:30 - 5:30, Thursday 3:30 - 5:30 AHB 1B08

Philosophy 2700G - Introduction to Ethics and Value

Critical study of the nature and justification of ethical and value judgments, with an analysis of key concepts and a survey of the main contemporary theories. Course Outline

Instructor: A. Skelton Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30, Thursday 9:30 - 11:30 AHB 3B04

Philosophy 2715G - Health Care Ethics

An examination of key concepts in health care ethics, such as respect for patient autonomy, medical paternalism, patient competence, justice in health care, "death with dignity," "sanctity of life," commodifying human life. Goals are to understand these ideas and how to apply them to practical issues in health care. Course Outline

Antirequisite: Health Sciences 2610F/G

Instructor: C. Weijer Monday 3:30 - 4:30, Wednesday 3:30 - 5:30 SSC 2032

Philosophy 2730G - Media Ethics

A study of ethical issues in media, including such topics as: the reasonable limits of free expression; intellectual property and the public domain; official secrets and access to information; regulating online content; commercial databases and informational privacy; cameras in the courtroom; plagiarism and piracy; defamation; hactivism and the hacker ethic. Course Outline

Instructor: D. Proessel Monday 1:30 - 2:30, Wednesday 1:30 - 3:30 UCC 37

Philosophy 2801F - Contemporary Political Philosophy

A study of some of the central issues and theoretical alternatives in contemporary political philosophy from among the following: utilitarianism, liberal egalitarianism, libertarianism, socialism, feminism, and communitarianism. Issues to be studied may include multiculturalism, economic redistribution, individual rights and the limits of legitimate state authority. Course Outline

Instructor: D. Proessel Tuesday 2:30 - 4:30, Thursday 2:30 - 3:30 UCC 60

Philosophy 2810G - Global Justice and Human Rights

What are our obligations to other countries and their citizens? Do those obligations issue from universal human rights? This course will address these questions through the consideration of a number of topics that raise issues of global justice, for example economic globalization, genocide and military intervention. Course Outline

Antirequisite: Political Science 3346E.

Instructor: D. Proessel Tuesday 2:30 - 4:30, Thursday 2:30 - 3:30 AHB 1B08

3000- Level Courses

Philosophy 3012F - Medieval Philosophy

A survey of core issues and figures in medieval philosophy, answering questions about logic, universals, cognition, ethics, the existence of God, determinism and free will, and scientific knowledge. It looks at these issues through the texts of the medieval philosophers themselves and traces these problems from Ancient times to scholasticism. Course Outline

Prerequisite: Philosophy 2200F/G, or 1.0 from Medieval Studies 1022, or both of Medieval Studies 1025A/B and 1026A/B or the former Medieval Studies 1020E.

Instructor: H. Lagerlund Monday 1:30 - 2:30, Wednesday 1:30 - 3:30 UCC 60

Philosophy 3022G - Cartesianism and its Critics

An intermediate survey of foundational works by philosophers in the Cartesian tradition including a study of portions of Descartes's Principles of Philosophy and developments of its themes by such proponents and opponents as Hobbes, Gassendi, Arnauld, and Malebranche. Course Outline

Prerequisite: Philosophy 2202F/G.

Instructor: B. Hill Monday 10:30 - 11:30, Wednesday 10:30 - 12:30 P&AB 36

Philosophy 3031G - Women in Early Modern Philosophy

This course is an introduction to the philosophical contributions of women to 17th and 18th Century philosophy. What were their philosophical concerns? How did they influence the course of philosophy during this period? How were their contributions received by their contemporaries and how are they viewed today? Course Outline

Prerequisite: Philosophy 2202F/G.

Instructor: B.Hill Monday 1:30 - 3:30, Wednesday 2:30 - 3:30 P&AB 150

Philosophy 3040G - Origins of Analytic Philosophy

The investigation of selected philosophical problems as they arise in the writings of such philosophers as Moore, Frege, Russell, Ayer, Carnap, Quine, Wittgenstein, Ryle, Austin, and others. Problems addressed may include philosophical methodology, ethical theory, metaphysics, meaning, and epistemology. Course Outline

Prerequisite: Philosophy 2250, 2252W/X or one of Philosophy 2260F/G or 2400F/G or 2500F/G.

Instructor: G. Barker Monday 10:30 - 12:30, Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30 UCC 54B

Philosophy 3170G - Topics in History of Ethics (Aristotle)

In this course we examine Aristotle’s most important ethical work, the Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle conceives of ethics as a practical discipline whose aim is to help us improve our lives and achieve happiness, which is the chief human good. Like Plato Aristotle takes virtue to be of central importance to achieving our good, though he disagreed with him over what the virtues are and how we acquire them. Aristotle also held that in order to live a good human life we need to develop a proper attitude towards various “external goods” including friendship, pleasure, honour and wealth, and how these fit into a well-ordered life. This course aims to explore Aristotle’s ethical theory through close examination of the text. Topics covered include: happiness, moral education, virtue, the doctrine of the mean, friendship, justice, pleasure, and moral weakness. This course is designed for undergraduates with no prior training in Ancient philosophy and no knowledge of Ancient Greek is presupposed. Course Outline

Prerequisite: Philosophy 2200F/G or 2202F/G or 2700F/G. 

Instructor: D. Henry Monday 12:30 - 1:30, Wednesday 12:30 - 2:30 P&AB 150

Philosophy 3501G - Epistemology

Problems in contemporary theory of knowledge. Topics may include epistemic justification, modern skepticism, foundationalism and coherentism, internalism and externalism, ethics of belief, epistemic probability, testimony and social dimensions of knowledge. Course Outline

Prerequisite: Philosophy 2500F/G.

Instructor: R. DiSalle Tuesday 12:30- 1:30, Thursday 12:30 - 2:30 P&AB 148

Philosophy 3555G - Continental Philosophy

An examination of the 20th century and contemporary continental philosophy. Readings will be drawn from phenomenological, deconstructive, post-structuralist and feminist texts and/or from the work of the Frankfurt school. Topics to be considered will include some of: intersubjectivity, sexual difference, community, racialization, perception, community, hermeneutics and critical theory. Course Outline

Prerequisite: Third or Fourth year standing in the Honors Specialization, Honors Double Major, or Specialization module in Philosophy or permission of the Department.

Instructor: H. Fielding Tuesday 4:30 - 5:30, Thursday 3:30 - 5:30 AHB 1B02

Philosophy 3601F - Metaphysics

An introduction to current debate on metaphysical questions. Topics may include the nature of space and time, the status of phenomenal sensible qualities, the existence of natural kinds, causality and determinism, counterfactuals and possible worlds, identity and individuation, and personal identity. Course Outline

Prerequisite: Philosophy 2500F/G.

Instructor: J. Thorp Tuesday 1:30 - 2:30, Thursday 1:30 - 3:30 FNB 1240

Philosophy 3710F - Metaethics

Metaethics is the area of moral philosophy in which we inquire about, among other things, the status of moral claims, the meaning of moral terms, the rational justification of morality, the nature of value, and issues of moral psychology. This course is an advanced study of topics in metaethics. Course Outline

Antirequisite: Philosophy 3700E (King's).

Prerequisite: Philosophy 2700F/G.

Instructor: R. Robb Tuesday 3:30 - 4:30, Thursday 3:30 - 5:30 P&AB 150

Philosophy 3730F - Research Ethics

An introduction to ethical issues in human experimentation, covering ethical frameworks for research ethics, informed consent, confidentiality, benefit-harm analysis, participant selection, and vulnerable participants and communities. Special topics, such as randomized controlled trials, gene therapy trials, cluster randomized trials, and health policy and systems research may also be covered. Philosophy 2715F/G is recommended, but not required. Course Outline

Instructor: C. Weijer Monday 3:30 - 4:30, Wednesday 3:30 - 5:30 SH 2317

Philosophy 3990A - Skepticism

A study of selected philosophical problems. The problems vary from year to year. More detailed information concerning content and prerequisites may be obtained from the Department prior to registration. Course Outline

Instructor: L. Falkenstein Monday (UCC 54A), Wednesday (STVH 3101), Friday (STVH 1155) 11:30 - 12:30

Philosophy 3993F - The Ethics of Science

It has often been thought that ethics and science inhabit separate realms and have little to say to one another. This course challenges that assumption by exploring the many ways in which ethical thought both informs and is informed by science. We begin by investigating the nature of both ethical and scientific reasoning. We then apply this understanding in examining a range of questions about ethics that arise in the pursuit and application of scientific knowledge. Particular issues to be addressed include the ethics of using animals and embryos in medical research; the implications of human evolutionary science and brain science for our understanding of ethics; what ecological science can teach us about our ethical relationship to natural ecosystems and other species; ethical issues that emerge as we apply new technologies in procreation and in food production; and the place of science in a democratic society. We apply the understanding we gain in real-world projects with community partners. Course Outline

Instructor: G. Barker Tuesday 9:30 - 12:30 UCC 54A

4000- Level Courses

Philosophy 4023F - The History of Skepticism from Hellenistic time to Descartes

Skepticism was something quite different in Ancient times than it is now. This course will present the history of skepticism as it was introduced in later Greek and early Roman philosophy and developed through the Middle Ages up until the time of Descartes. It will cover both Pyrrohnian and Academic skepticism as well as Augustine’s rejection of Academic skepticism. It will then look at how the interest in skepticism dropped off in the earlier parts of the Middle Ages, but was reintroduced in the early fourteenth century. At that time a new skepticism developed based on the idea of God as a deceiver, that is, what we now call external world skepticism. The course then looks at the reaction to this as well as the new-found interest in skepticism in the sixteenth century just before the time of Descartes.  Course Outline.

Instructor: H. Lagerlund Monday 9:30 - 11:30, Wednesday 9:30 - 10:30 SH 3355

Philosophy 4035G - Early Modern Thought about Temporal Experience and Spatial Awareness

A survey of early modern theories of temporal experience and spatial awareness. Focus on the attempts made by Descartes, Hobbes, Malebranche, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Condillac, and Reid to account for our experience of the passage of time and our awareness of objects placed at a distance outwards from ourselves and a lateral distance from one another. Supposing the past no longer exists and the present does not exist yet, are we aware only of what exists at the present moment? Is remembering tantamount to contemplating present remainders of past experiences, or are we somehow able to see the past as it was and no longer is off in the past the way we see what it off in a distance on the left as it is off in a distance on the left? Supposing that the ultimate effect of present sensory stimulation is to alter mental states, and mental states are nowhere in space, how do we come to be aware of anything outside of the mind and of things disposed at various locations in space? Does perception only lead us to conceive of objects as being located in space or does it acquaint us with qualia that do not exist in the external world (according to the best science) but that are nonetheless disposed at locations in space? If so, where are these qualia if not in the mind? Course Outline.

Instructor: L. Falkenstein Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30 - 11:30 STVH 1145

Philosophy 4045G - Special Topics in 18th Century Philosophy

Though overshadowed by contemporary developments in France and Britain, and indeed eclipsed by Kant’s Critical revolution, there was an active and rich philosophical tradition in Germany in the early Modern period. In this seminar, we will focus on previously untranslated and largely overlooked figures from 1690-1750, including such important figures as G. W. Leibniz, Christian Thomasius, Christian Wolff, Theodor Ludwig Lau, Dorothea Erxleben, Christian August Crusius, and Georg Friedrich Meier. Our readings will cover issues in metaphysics (substance, space and time, immortality, the principle of sufficient reason, and the refutation of Spinoza), epistemology (truth and scepticism), philosophy of religion (proofs of God’s existence, theodicy), logic and the doctrine of prejudice, and the philosophy of mind (consciousness and identity). Course Outline.

Instructor: C. Dyck Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 - 10:30 UCC 63

Philosophy 4050F - Seminar in Kant's First Critique

Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason initiated a revolution in metaphysics and epistemology unlike any before or since. Through the Critique Kant made original and lasting contributions to debates regarding the (in)compatibility of freedom and determinism, the possibility of proving God’s existence, the nature of the soul, the possibility of science and mathematics, the rational basis of causal inferences, and the nature of space and time. In this course, we will engage in a careful consideration of Kant’s monumental text, including the details of its arguments and its systematic underpinnings. Course Outline. Prerequisite: Philosophy 2202F/G.

Instructor: C. Dyck Tuesday 11:30 - 2:30 STVH 1145

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