300-Level Courses

PHL 301S    The Philosophy of Plato
Instructor: J. Allen         W 3-6
This course explores major themes in Plato’s philosophy through a selective reading of his dialogues. Among the areas tackled are the human good, the nature of the soul, knowledge, and the ultimate constitution of reality. Readings may include, though will not necessarily be confined to, the Euthyphro, Protagoras, Euthydemus, Meno, Gorgias, Republic, Phaedo, Phaedrus and Theaetetus.
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL       Recommended Prep: PHL202H5/210Y5

PHL 314S KantImage result for images of kant
Instructor: O. Ware         M 3-6
A systematic study of The Critique of Pure Reason.
Exclusion: PHL312H5, PHLC37H3
Prerequisites: PHL210Y5; 1.5 additional credits in PHL
Recommended Prep: PHL245H5/309H5

PHL 315H5F    Topics in 19th Century Philosophy
Instructor: A. Sepielli            M 11-1/W 12-1
A study of some topic or thinker in the 19th century.
>>This year, the course will focus on the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
Exclusion: PHL317H5
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL         Recommended Prep: PHL210Y5/309H5/312H5

PHL 325F    Early Analytic Philosophy
Instructor: B. Katz         M 11-12/W 11-1
An examination of some of the classic texts of early analytic philosophy, concentrating on the work of Frege, Russell and Wittgenstein. Central topics to be covered include: the development of logic and its relation to arithmetic; the nature of language and meaning; truth and objectivity; the distinction between sense and reference; logical analysis; the relation between language and thought; and the bounds of intelligibility.
Exclusion: PHLC43H3
Prerequisites: PHL245H5; 1.5 additional credits in PHL           Recommended Prep: PHL210Y5

PHL 332S    Metaphysics
Instructor: B. Katz          M 11-1/W 12-1
Typical problems: ontological categories; ontological commitment; the objectivity of space and time: causality and determinism; mind and body.
>>> This year the course will focus on the metaphysics of time.
Exclusion: PHL330Y1, PHL331H1, PHLC60H3
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL

PHL 333F    Epistemology
Instructor: J. Nagel          M 1-2/W 1-3
Typical problems: knowledge and belief, perception, the analytic-synthetic distinction, theories of truth, necessity and the a priori.
Exclusion: PHL330Y1, PHL332H1
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL

PHL 340F    Issues in Philosophy of Mind
Instructor: M. Matthen          M 9-11/W 9-10
Typical problems: the brain-mind identity theory; intentionality and the mental; personal identity; the nature of human action.
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL

PHL 341S    Practical Reason and Human Action   [formerly offered as: Freedom, Responsibility, and Human Action]
Instructor: P. Clark          M 1-3/W 1-2
The course will cover various topics in action theory and the nature of practical reason, such as the nature of intentional action and intentional explanations, the relation between morality and practical reason, the distinction between theoretical and practical reasoning, and the relation between motivation and evaluation. [36L]
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL

PHL 345S    Intermediate Logic
Instructor: N. Charlow          M 4-5/W 3-5
A sequel to PHL245H5, developing skills in quantificational logic and treating of definite descriptions. The system developed will be used to study a selection of the following topics: philosophical uses of logic, formal systems, set theory, non-classical logics and metalogic. [36L]
Exclusion: PHLC51H3
Prerequisites: PHL245H5 and 1.0 credit in PHL/MAT/CSC

PHL 347S    Many-Valued and Modal Logics
Instructor: J. Weisberg          M 1-3/W 2-3
Many-valued and modal propositional logics and their interrelations; logical matrices and possible-world semantics; problems of interpretation and philosophical applications. [36L]
Prerequisites: PHL245H5 and 1.0 credit in PHL/MAT/CSC         Recommended Prep: PHL345H5

PHL 355S    Issues in Philosophy of Science
Instructor: J. Weisberg          [Meeting time TBA shortly]
Central problems and contemporary issues. Topics may include: scientific inference and method; explanation; under-determination; the pessimistic induction; constructive empiricism; entity realism; structural realism; laws of nature.
Exclusion: PHL356H1
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL        Recommended Prep: PHL245H5/ 252H5

PHL 365F    Issues in Political Philosophy
Instructor: O. Ware          M 4-5/W 4-6
A study of some of the best recent work by political philosophers on topics such as justice, rights, welfare and political authority.
Exclusion: PHL366H1
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL          Recommended Prep: PHL265H5/PHL277Y5

PHL 370S    Issues in Philosophy of Law
Instructor: A. Sepielli          T 11-12/R 11-1
Major issues in philosophy of law, e.g., responsibility and punishment, the obligation to obey the law, legal positivism, law and morality. [36L]
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL         Recommended Prep: PHL271H5/277Y5

PHL 375S    Contemporary Moral Philosophy
Instructor: S. Tenebaum          M 11-1/W 12-1
A study of some of the best recent work by moral philosophers on topics such as the objectivity of values, rights and duties, utilitarianism and the nature of moral judgments.
Exclusion: PHL376H1, PHLC05H3, PHLC06H3
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL         Recommended Prep: PHL275H5/PHL277Y5