200-Level Courses (2018-19)

PHL 202F    Ancient Philosophy
Instructor: J. Allen        M/W 12-1
Some core texts of ancient philosophy, concentrating on the work of Plato and Aristotle. Topics include the good life, the soul, knowledge, virtue and the nature of reality. [36L]

Exclusion: PHL200Y5, PHLB31H3
Prerequisites: PHL101H5 or 102H5 or 105Y5 (any of these courses may be taken as a co-requisite) or 4.0 credits.

PHL 204S    Philosophy in Everyday Life
Instructor: O. Pikkert          T 1-3/R 1-2
This introductory course covers philosophical topics that most people talk about, or at least think about, in their everyday lives—e.g., during conversations with friends, or while watching the news, or when deciding how to vote in an election. Such topics include, for example, the difference between art and pornography, the possibility of life after death, the evolution vs. creationism debate, the ethics of abortion and doctor-assisted suicide, and the possibility of intelligent robots. Each topic will be introduced via relevant public media (e.g., articles from the New York Times series “The Stone” and similar pieces from The Guardian, CBC news, NPR) and other popular sources (e.g., Ted Talks, youtube videos)) and then pursued in several accessible readings from the philosophical literature. A shared “library” of readings for the course will be built up (e.g., on Quercus) by the instructors and students and updated as new issues of popular interest arise.  No exclusions or prerequisites.

PHL 210Y    17th and 18th Century Philosophy   
Instructor: O. Pikkert          T/R 10-11
Classic texts by European philosophers (e.g., Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza,
Leibniz, 
Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Kant). Their attitudes toward science and
religion, and their theories about the nature of the world and of human knowledge,
culminating in the “Copernican Revolution” of Kant. [72L]
Exclusion: PHLB35H3.
Prerequisites: PHL101H5 or 102H5 or PHL103H5 or 105Y5 or PHL113H
(any of these courses may be taken as a co-requisite) or 4.0 credits.

 

PHL 220F    Existentialism
Instructor:  R. Larsen         T 11-1/R 11-12


Human perception and knowledge of reality; freedom and the meaning of human life; sexuality and the body. Authors include Heidegger, Buber, Marcel, Camus, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty. [36L]. 

Exclusion: PHLB30H3
Prerequisites: PHL101H5 or 102H5 or PHL103H5 or 105Y5, or PHL113H5 (any of these courses may be taken as a co-requisite) or 4.0 credits.

 


PHL 235F    Philosophy of Religion

Instructor:  O. Pikkert          T 1-3/R 2-3
A philosophical analysis of some basic theological questions; the nature of religious belief and experience, the relationship between religion and morality, or religion and science, the role of religion in a pluralistic society. [36L]
Prerequisites: PHL101H5 or 102H5 or PHL103H5 or 105Y5 or PHL113H5 (any of these courses may be taken as a co-requisite) or 4.0 credits.

PHL 242F    Science Fiction and Philosophy 
Instructor: J. Davies          M 11-12/W 11-1
Science fiction is a rich resource for philosophical thinking. Are we in a matrix? Are there alternative realities? Is teleportation, or telepathy, or telekinesis, or time travel, possible? In addition, philosophical thought experiments often include elements of science fiction, like twin-earths, zombies, swamp people, inverted spectra, brain-splitting, eternal recurrences, and evil demons. This course considers these topics — both some philosophy of science fiction and some science fiction in philosophy. [36L]
Prerequisites: PHL101H5 or 102H5 or PHL103H5 or 105Y5 or PHL113H (any of these courses may be taken as a co-requisite) or 4.0 credits.


PHL 245F    Modern Symbolic Logic
    

Instructor: A. Koo           T 11-1/R 11-12
The application of symbolic techniques to the assessment of arguments. Propositional calculus and quantification theory. Logical concepts; techniques of natural deduction. [36L]

Exclusion: PHLB50H3
Recommended Prep: PHL102H5

PHL 245S    Modern Symbolic Logic
Instructor: A. Koo          T 1-3/R 1-2
The application of symbolic techniques to the assessment of arguments. Propositional calculus and quantification theory. Logical concepts; techniques of natural deduction. [36L]
Exclusion: PHLB50H3
Recommended Prep: PHL102H5

PHL 246F    Probability & Inductive Logic 
Instructor: J. Weisberg         M/W 11-12  
The elements of axiomatic probability theory, and its main interpretations (frequency, logical, subjective). Reasoning with probabilities in decision making and science. [36L]

Prerequisites: PHL101H5 or 102H5 or 105Y5 (any of these courses may be taken as a co-requisite) or 4.0 credits.
Recommended Prep: 245H5

PHL 246S    Probability & Inductive Logic
Instructor: J. Weisberg     M/W 11-12
The elements of axiomatic probability theory, and its main interpretations (frequency, logical, subjective). Reasoning with probabilities in decision making and science. [36L]

Prerequisites: PHL101H5 or 102H5 or 105Y5 (any of these courses may be taken as a co-requisite) or 4.0 credits.  Recommended Prep: 245H5

PHL 247F   Critical Reasoning  [formerly offered as PHL145H]
Instructor: A. Mullin          M 1-2/W 1-3
The course covers the area of informal logic–the logic of ordinary language. Topics include: criteria for the critical assessment of arguments as strong or merely persuasive; different types of argument and techniques of refutation; their use and abuse. [36L]

Exclusion: PHL145H5, TRN200Y1

PHL 247S   Critical Reasoning   [formerly offered as PHL145H]
Instructor: A. Mullin          M 11-1/W 11-12
The course covers the area of informal logic–the logic of ordinary language. Topics include: criteria for the critical assessment of arguments as strong or merely persuasive; different types of argument and techniques of refutation; their use and abuse. [36L]

Exclusion: PHL145H5, TRN200Y1

PHL 255F    Philosophy of Science
Instructor: J. Weisberg          M 1-2/W 1-3
The nature of science and its development. Topics may include: the contrast between science and religion, between science and pseudo-science; the nature of scientific reasoning; scientific reality; science and objectivity; scientific revolutions; and the interaction between science, society, and values. [36L]
Exclusion: PHL252H5, 355H1, C72H3
Prerequisites: HL101H5 or 102H5 or PHL103H5 or 105Y5 or PHL113H (any of these courses may be taken as a co-requisite) or 4.0 credits.


PHL 265F    Social and Political Philosophy

Instructor: S. Tenenbaum          T/R 1-2
A survey of the major political theorists/theories of the Western philosophical tradition. Questions to be addressed include: Why obey the law? What is justice? What is the best form of government? [36L]
Exclusion: PHL277Y5, PHLB16H3, PHLB17H3
Prerequisites: HL101H5 or 102H5 or PHL103H5 or 105Y5 or PHL113H (any of these courses may be taken as a co-requisite) or 4.0 credits.

PHL 271H5F  Ethics and the Law
Instructor: S. Coyne          T 12-1/R 11-1

Law and morality are both systems of norms, meaning that both tell people what they ought to do. While they often coincide with one another, occasionally they do not. On the one hand, it is legally impermissible, but probably morally permissible, to jaywalk through an empty intersection; on the other hand, it is legally permissible, but probably morally impermissible, to break a promise to a friend. While most philosophers think that this shows that law and morality can be separated from one another, many of them still think that law and morality still have some necessary relationships to one another. In this course, we will consider three of these supposed relationships, which reflect the three central roles occupied by persons in legal systems. First, judges may wonder whether they can or must apply moral tests to establish whether someone has broken the law. Second, citizens may wonder whether they have a moral duty to obey the law. Finally, in crafting laws, legislators may wonder whether the immorality of some conduct permits or even requires them to criminalize it. [24L, 12T]

Readings: H.L.A. The Concept of Law (available for purchase in the bookstore); other readings available on Quercus.
Evaluation: Midterm (25%), Final Exam (30%), Written Assignment (30%), Interpersonal Philosophy (15%), Low-Stakes Assignments (+/- from final grade).
Exclusion: PHLB11H3
Prerequisites: HL101H5 or 102H5 or PHL103H5 or 105Y5 or PHL113H (any of these courses may be taken as a co-requisite) or 4.0 credits.

PHL 275S    Ethics and Moral Philosophy
Instructor: R. Bryant          W 12-1/R 11-12
A survey of the major moral theorists/theories of the Western philosophical tradition. Questions to be addressed include: Why be moral? What makes certain actions right or wrong? Can we know what is morally right or wrong? [24L12T]
ExclusionPHL277Y5, PHLA11H3
PrerequisitePHL101H5PHL102H5PHL103H5PHL105Y5PHL113H5 (may be taken as a corequisite) or 4.0 credits.

 

PHL 283S    Bioethics 
Instructor: R. Bryant      T 3-5/R 3-4
Moral implications of recent developments in medicine and the life sciences; related legal and social issues. Euthanasia, health care priorities, abortion, fertility control, against the background of some major ethical theories. [36L]
ExclusionPHL281Y1, PHL281H1, PHLB09H3 

Prerequisites: HL101H5 or 102H5 or PHL103H5 or 105Y5 or PHL113H (any of these courses may be taken as a co-requisite) or 4.0 credits.