400-Level Courses

PHL 416F   Seminar in 17th and 18th Century Philosophy
Instructor: M. Rozemond          T 12-2/R 1-2
The scientific revolution significantly turned on philosophical questions such as: what is the nature of matter and motion and how should we understand causation?  In this course we will examine some thinkers that precede the scientific revolution, such as Thomas Aquinas, and then turn to René Descartes and later thinkers, such as Ralph Cudworth, Anne Sergio Tenenbaum lectures to small group of students.Conway, Margaret Cavendish and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. [36S]
Prerequisites: 4.5 PHL credits

PHL 475F  Special Seminar in Moral and Political Philosophy
Instructor: A. Mullin           T 11-2
This course will focus on issues in the emerging field of family ethics. The initial topics will be assigned, the class will be able to choose among topics for the readings at the end of the course. Topics include: is it ever morally impermissible to have children? What grounds parental rights, and how are they acquired? What are the arguments for and against requiring a license to parent? What do parents have a responsibility to provide for their children, and what grounds that responsibility? What limits parental rights? Do children have a right to be not only cared for but also loved? Are special responsibilities, such as those parents have towards their children, in tension with impartial morality? What does society owe parents and children? What limits parents’ freedom to benefit their children? Is it ever acceptable for parents to send their children to a private school in order to advantage them later in life? [36S]
Prerequisites: 4.5 PHL credits

PHL489Y   The Socrates Project Seminar (by application only)
Instructor: B. Piercy          R 11-2
The Socrates Project is a full-year course with two components. First, you will serve as a TA for a section of PHL105Y. You will attend two 1-hour PHL105Y lectures each week, and teach one tutorial of 20-25 students, meeting with them for 1 hour each week. You will grade their papers, hold office hours, and meet with the relevant professor as needed. You will be paid for 100 hours of work each semester, for a total of 200 hours, at the current hourly wage for CUPE Unit 1. The second component of the course is a seminar component that meets once per week for 3 hours. Roughly 75% of the seminar will be devoted to more in-depth study of the topics taken up in the PHL105Y. You will write a seminar paper on one of these topics under the supervision of a UTM Philosophy faculty member working in the relevant area. You will also give an oral presentation on your topic to the seminar members. The remaining 25% of the seminar will focus on the methods and challenges of teaching philosophy, benchmark grading, and grading generally.

PHL495S Special Seminar: Philosophical Problems
Instructor: N. Charlow           T 2-5
This seminar will study ways of using language that have oppression at their root. We will study a range of philosophical and linguistic work on the meaning of generic terms for social groups, racial/religious/ethnic slurs, and hate speech more generally. [36S]
Prerequisites: 4.5 PHL credits

PHL 496F, 497S   Individual Studies
Individual studies courses (PHL 496H5F, PHL 497H5S) must be arranged well in advance of registration with the individual faculty advisor, and the plan of study must be approved by the departmental chair (please fill out and submit the Independent Study Form – PDF). Anyone wishing to take an individual studies course must contact a potential faculty supervisor with a plan of study (a topic, a course of readings). Spaces are very limited, and faculty will agree to supervise only students who show evidence of excellent self-motivation.