300-Level Courses (2018-19)

PHL 300S    Topics in Ancient Philosophy
Instructor: J. Allen         T 11-1/ T 12-1
At the end of the fourth century BCE, during which philosophy in the Hellenic (Greek-speaking) world had been dominated by Plato and Aristotle, three new philosophical schools first appeared on the scene. The Stoics, Sceptics and Epicureans—the principal schools of the Hellenistic period—were to exert a profound and lasting influence, extending into and beyond the modern period (Descartes and Hume, to mention just two modern philosophers, were deeply influenced by them). The fact that we still speak of someone as an Epicure or epicurean, a Stoic or stoical, a Sceptic or sceptical, using the ancient Greek terms, is another sign of this. We shall tackle issues belonging the three main areas of philosophy recognized in the Hellenistic era: Physics or Natural Philosophy (which includes what we could call ‘metaphysics’ and ‘theology’), Logic (which includes what we could call ‘philosophy of language’ and ‘epistemology’) and Ethics. Readings will be from Cicero, Diogenes Laertius, Lucretius, and Sextus Empiricus among others. [36L]

Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL
Recommended Prep: PHL200Y5/210Y5

PHL 314S Kant

Instructor: O. Ware         M 12-3
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 324F  Continental Philosophy
Instructor: R. Larsen         M 3-5/W 3-4
A study of recent traditions of continental philosophy such as phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, critical theory, structuralism and post-structuralism. Figures such as Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, the Frankfurt school, Lacan, Foucault, Deleuze and Derrida. [36L]
Exclusion: PHL320H1, 321H1
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL
Recommended Prep: PHL210Y5/309H5/312H5/317H5

PHL 327F    Later Analytic Philosophy 

Instructor: B. Yi         T 12-1/R 11-1
An examination of the later analytic tradition from logical positivism to Kripke. The course will cover some of the following topics: meaning and verifiability; the relation between science and philosophy; ordinary language and philosophy; the nature and status of the analytic-synthetic distinction; meaning and theories of meaning; theories of truth; the nature of necessity; and reference and identity. [36L]
PrerequisitePHL 245H5; 1.5 additional credits in PHL
Recommended PrepPHL325H5

PHL 332S    Metaphysics
Instructor: B. Katz          M 2-4/W 3-4
Typical problems: ontological categories; ontological commitment; the objectivity of space and time: causality and determinism; mind and body.
Exclusion: PHL330Y1, PHL331H1, PHLC60H3

Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL

PHL 333F    Epistemology
Instructor: J. Davies          M 1-3/W 2-3
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 340S    Philosophy of Mind
Instructor: J. Davies          M 1-3/W 12-1
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 341F    Practical Reason and Human Action [formerly offered as: Freedom, Responsibility, and Human Action]
Instructor: P. Clark          M 9-10/W 9-11
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: B. Katz          M 11-1/W 11-12
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 350S    Philosophy of Language
Instructor: B. Yi          T 11-1/ R11-12
Topics may include: Different approaches to the study of language; the analysis of central theoretical notions in the descriptions of language; the relation between thought and language; the relation between philosophy of language and metaphysics. [36L]
ExclusionPHL351H1, PHLC80H3
PrerequisitePHL245H5; 1.5 additional credits in PHL

PHL 355F    Issues in Philosophy of Science
Instructor: A. Koo          T 4-5/ R 3-5
Central problems and contemporary issues. Topics may include: scientific inference and method; explanation; under-determination; pessimistic induction; constructive empiricism; entity realism; structural realism; laws of nature.
Exclusion: PHL356H1
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL     Recommended Prep: PHL245H5/ 252H5

PHL 374S    Issues in Normative Ethics
Instructor: R. Bryant         W 3-5/R 2-3
Normative Ethics concerns general questions about what makes actions right or wrong. Topics include, among others, the plausibility of various ethical theories such as consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics, and questions about the moral significance of distinctions such as doing vs allowing and intending vs foreseeing. [36L]
Exclusion: PHL375H5, PHL376H1, PHLC05H3, PHLC06H3
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL         Recommended Prep: PHL275H5/277Y5

PHL 376F    Issues in Metaethics
Instructor: P. Clark          M 11-1/W 12-1
Metaethics concerns the place of values in the world, and the status of ethics as a field of inquiry. Topics may include: the objectivity of morality; moral psychology; the possibility of ethical knowledge; and meanings of ethical concepts.[36L]

Exclusion: PHL375H5, PHLC05H3, PHLC06H3
Prerequisite: 1.5 credits in PHL        Recommended Prep: PHL275H5/PHL277Y5