100-Level Courses

📌 Note: In order to give students the option of taking a one-semester (0.5 credit) introductory course in philosophy, PHL105Y has been replaced with two 0.5 courses: PHL101 and PHL102. Both courses are taught at the same level (introductory with no prerequisites), and students may take either or both courses in any order or simultaneously (both will be offered every fall and winter semester.)  

The two courses differ in only two ways: 

  1. PHL101 will focus on ethical and political questions, while PHL102 will focus on questions about knowledge and reality; and 
  2. PHL102 will have extra TA support to help you with your philosophical writing.  As always, the specific topics covered and the assignments (papers, tests, etc.) given are decided by the individual professor.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email either the Department Chair, Prof. Diana Raffman or the Philosophy Undergraduate Advisor, Ania Joly.

Course Abbreviations

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Dates/times

  • M: Monday
  • T: Tuesday
  • W: Wednesday
  • R: Thursday
  • F: Friday

Semesters

  • F: Fall (Sept – Dec)
  • S: Winter (Jan – April)
  • Y: Fall and Winter (Sept – April)

100 Level UTM Philosophy Courses

PHL 101F  Introduction to Philosophy

Instructor

A. Sepielli

Dates/times

M/W 2-3

Description

This course is an introduction to some of the central questions of philosophy, focusing on ethical, political, and social issues concerning (for example) justice, the good life, freedom, and responsibility. The course explores answers that have been given to these questions in a selection of classical and contemporary texts. Tutorials will involve active discussion of the philosophical ideas covered in the lectures.

Exclusions

PHL105Y5

PHL 101S  Introduction to Philosophy

Instructor

S. Tenenbaum

Dates/times

M/W 2-3

Description

To be announced.

PHL 102F  Introduction to Philosophy

Instructor

J. Nagel

Dates/times

M/W 10-11

Description

This course is an introduction to some of the central questions of philosophy, focusing on issues concerning the nature of reality (what sorts of things exist in the universe?) and knowledge (what can we know about the things that exist?).  The course explores answers that have been given to these questions in a selection of classical and contemporary texts. Tutorials will involve active discussion of the philosophical ideas covered in the lectures.

Exclusion

PHL105Y5

PHL 102S  Introduction to Philosophy

Instructor

J. Nagel

Dates/times

M/W 1-2

Description

To be announced.

PHL145  Critical Reasoning

This course is now offered as PHL247. Please visit the 200 Level Courses page for more information.