Courses – Draft + Tentative

The 2019-20 Graduate Course listings have been posted below. Please note that these listings are tentative; some courses are still awaiting more detailed descriptions.

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About our Graduate Courses

⚠ Students who are not graduate students in the Department of Philosophy must secure an instructor’s approval before taking a graduate-level philosophy course.

You will not be able to add these courses to your schedule via ACORN.

Fill out the SGS Add/Drop Course(s) Form, have it signed by the instructor, and submit it to the Graduate Administrator.

Students from other Ontario universities must request enrollment in U of T graduate-level courses through the Ontario Visiting Graduate Students Exchange Program. Contact the Graduate Office of your home university for more information.

Breadth Requirements

History of Philosophy

  1. Ancient
  2. Medieval
  3. 17th and 18th century
  4. 19th century
  5. 20th century

Contemporary Problems of Philosophy

  1. Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science (MES)
  2. Values (Ethics and Metaethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Religion) (V)
  3. Mind, Language, Logic (MLL)

2019-2020 Graduate Courses

Fall 2019 Graduate courses

AMP2000Y – Proseminar for the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (CPAMP)

Instructor: Black, Deborah
Breadth Requirement: TBD
Time: Monday, 4-6
Locations: Fall term: TBD; Winter term: TBD
Limited to CPAMP students

Description: This course is mandatory for CPAMP students in year 1 and 2; program students who have fulfilled this requirement are expected to attend regularly. Other interested doctoral students are welcome to attend as well and should contact the program director to indicate their interest. The proseminar has three components: a series of seminars; an ancient Greek philosophy reading group and a Latin medieval philosophy reading group. All students in the proseminar must attend the seminars and at least one of the reading groups; students are warmly encouraged to attend both reading groups. For the course schedule and details on the reading groups see the CPAMP website.

JGC1855H F – Critical Theory in Context: The French-German Connection

Instructor: Goetschel, Willi
Breadth Requirement: History: 20th Century
Time: Wed 3-5
Location: TBA

Description: This course examines central theoretical issues in contemporary thought with particular attention to the role that the “Frankfurt School” and its affiliates such as Benjamin, Adorno, and others play in the context of modern German social and cultural thought. In France, thinkers like Derrida respond to this tradition and enrich it. The course explores in which way the continuing dialogue between these thinkers informs current critical approaches to rethinking issues and concerns such as theorizing modernity, culture, secularization, multiculturalism, and the vital role of cultural difference.

MST3327F – Free Will and Human Action in Medieval Philosophy

Instructor: Pickavé, Martin
Breadth Requirement: Medieval
Time: Monday, 2-4
Location:  LI 301 (Lillian Massey Building, 125 Queen’s Park)

Description:  Historically many philosophers have believed that human beings owe their ability to act freely and responsibly to a special human faculty called the will. In this seminar we will look into the origins of this view by examining medieval accounts of free will and human action. For the discovery of the faculty of the will is often considered as one of the main contributions medieval philosophy has made to the history of philosophy. The main topics explored in this class are:  (1) What conception of freedom do medieval authors hold? Does freedom, for instance, involve a power to otherwise? Are there rival conceptions of freedom? Is freedom compatible with certain forms of determinism? (2) What is the basis of the free exercise of our will? Do we have free will and free choice in virtue of the will itself or in virtue of our capacities for thought and deliberation?

PHL1000F Individual Reading and Research Course

Philosophy graduate students who wish to take a reading course must draw up a detailed course plan with a member of the philosophy graduate faculty who is prepared to provide supervision. All reading courses must be approved by the graduate director. Please fill out a Request for Reading and/or Research Course form.

PHL 1111F (PhD Proseminar) – Theoretical and Practical Reasoning

Instructors: Clark, Phil and Sepielli, Andrew
Breadth Requirement: TBD
Time: Tuesday, 12-3
Location: JHB 418
Limited to incoming PHL PhD students

Description: (The Proseminar is a writing-intensive introductory course for all and only first-year PhD students.)  This course is about theoretical and practical reasoning:  Is there an important distinction between the two? What is the nature of this distinction? How, if at all, do the norms that govern each type of reasoning differ from those that govern the other? Readings will be both “historical” and contemporary, and will include Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Dewey, Quine, Anscombe, Gibbard, and Korsgaard.

PHL2003F – Seminar in Aristotle – Seminar on Aristotle’s Metaphysics

Instructor: Pfeiffer, Christian
Breadth Requirement: History: Ancient
Time: Wednesday, 6-9
Location: JHB 418

Description:  Aristotle believes that ordinary material objects, and especially living organisms, like plants and animals, are substances. However, he also believes that these substances are hylomorphic composites, that is, composites of form and matter. Unlike the materialists, who claim that such ordinary objects are most fundamentally the matter they are made of, and that the lowest level constituents of the physical world (be they atoms or stuffs) are the only genuine substances, Aristotle suggests that what material substances fundamentally are is given by their form. At the same time, he distances his view from the Platonic conception of forms as separately existing universals. Aristotle arrives at this new conception of material substances through a complex and often roundabout discussion which engages with his predecessors’ views. Moreover, Aristotle faces a significant challenge that he himself seems to be the first to fully develop: if material substances are composites of form and matter, how can they be genuine unities, rather than accidental compounds?

In this course we will focus primarily on the so-called “middle books” of the Metaphysics, books VII-IX, but we will also look at excerpts from other works.
Each week, we will also read and discuss recent secondary literature. Participants should have some familiarity either with Aristotle or with contemporary metaphysics. Knowledge of ancient Greek is not required, though it is always useful.

PHL2084F – Seminar in 19th Century Continental Philosophy

Instructor: Ware, Owen
Breadth Requirement: History – 19th Century
Time:  Wednesday, 9-12
Location:  JHB 418

Description:  This seminar will provide an introduction to Early German Romanticism (Frühromantik) as it developed from 1794 to 1804. We shall study the literary and philosophical texts of Fichte, Schiller, Schelling, Hölderlin, von Hardenberg (better known as Novalis), and Schlegel. Central topics will include the relationship between philosophy and art, the nature of poetry and poetic representation, symbolism, and the idea of a ‘new mythology’ made popular by Schelling.  No prior knowledge of German or German philosophy is required.

Evaluation: 20% presentation, 40% participation, 40% final paper. Assigned texts: TBA.

Note: auditors must request permission with the instructor before the start of the semester. 

PHL 2115F – Topics in Epistemology: First and Third-Person Perspectives in Epistemology

Instructor: Barnett, David and Rattan, Gurpreet
Breadth Requirement: MES
Time:  Friday, 9-12
Location:  JHB 418

Description: What it is rational for you to believe arguably depends on how things seem from your first-person perspective. But some situations seem to call for taking a third-person perspective towards the beliefs and experiences that ordinarily make up your first-person perspective. This course will examine the epistemological difficulties this raises. Possible topics include de se belief and the first-person concept, peer disagreement, critical reflection, epistemic permissivism, higher-order evidence, debunking and irrelevant factors, and epistemic modesty and immodesty. 

PHL2117F – Formal Epistemology

Instructor: Weisberg, Jonathan
Breadth Requirement: MLL
Time:  Wednesday, 12-3
Location:  JHB 418

Description:  This course introduces modelling tools commonly used in philosophy, and elsewhere. Philosophers draw formal tools from a variety of sources: probability, statistics, logic, network theory, AI/machine learning, and more. Our emphasis will be on philosophical uses of such models.  But they’re even more commonly used in other academic fields, and in industry, so we’ll also try to understand their broader applications.  No formal background beyond high school math is required. If you happen to have more background than that, great!  I hope you’ll share the wealth and help your classmates for whom this terrain is less familiar.

PHL 2126F– Logic and Paradox

Instructor: Caie, Michael and Kremer, Phil
Breadth Requirement: MLL
Time:  Monday, 12-3
Location:  JHB 418

Description:  The sentence you are now reading is not true. This type of sentence can be used to show that certain classical logical principles are inconsistent with certain prima facie plausible principles concerning truth. Despite the development of semantics starting with Tarski’s work in the 1930s and despite philosophers’ occasional remarks on the liar’s paradox, the first systematic proposals for semantics for languages that have their own truth predicates were the fixed point proposals of Martin and Woodruff, 1975, “On representing “On representing ‘true-in-L’ in L” and Kripke, 1975, “Outline of a theory of truth”. This course will cover some of the main literature on the liar’s paradox over the past 40 years, exploring views that give up certain logical principles and others that restrict certain principles concerning truth. Time permitting, we may also consider related paradoxes concerning properties, relations, and propositions.

PHL 2132F – Seminar in Ethics: Morality and Accountability

Instructor: de Kenessey, Brendan
Breadth Requirement: Values
Time:  Monday, 6-9
Location:  JHB 418

Description:  I ought to floss every night – so my dentist tells me. Is this a moral ought? Plausibly not: my dentist would seem strangely overzealous if she told me that I’m morally obligated to floss, or that neglecting my flossing routine would be morally wrong. This raises this seminar’s central question: what distinguishes moral normative notions such as moral obligation, moral wrongness, and moral reasons from other practical normative notions, such as the “ought” used by my dentist? We’ll investigate this question, with particular attention to the hypothesis that what makes morality distinctive is how we hold each other accountable to moral obligations with demands and blame. Potential sub-topics include, but are not limited to: supererogation and moral options; the nature and justification of blame and other reactive attitudes; forgiveness; the idea that some obligations are owed to particular persons (‘directed’ or ‘bipolar’ obligations); the semantics of ‘ought’ and ‘must’; whether morality is ‘overriding’; the idea that morality is inherently relational or second-personal.

PHL 2152F – Philosophy and Teaching

Instructor: Gibbs, Robert
Breadth Requirement:  TBA
Time:   Tuesday, 3-6
Location:  JHB 418

Description: What justifies the institution we call the university? What is the goal of it? This course will explore the relation of philosophy and the university. Our focus will be on a set of historical thinkers. We will explore the relation of Philosophy to other disciplines (“faculties”), and examine the challenge of nationalism in relation to the European university. We also will reverse the flow of interrogation and ask for a justification of philosophy in its institutional forms.

This course will be conducted as a seminar, with weekly readings, and a series of small assignments, as well as a final larger paper.

Readings will include:

Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, “Transcendental Doctrine of Method” Kant, Conflict of the Faculties
Schleiermacher, Occasional Thoughts on the University in the German Sense
Benjamin, “The Life of Students”
Heidegger, The Self –Assertion of the German University
Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition
Derrida, Eyes of the University (selections)

PHL 2175F– Philosophy of Perception: Primary and Secondary Qualities, the Case of Colour

Instructor: Matthen, Mohan
Breadth Requirement: MLL
Time:  Monday, 9-12
Location:  JHB 418

Description: We will examine several approaches to differentiating among perceptual qualities as primary and secondary. The most promising approaches are: primary quantities are (a) those that are not response-dependent and (b) those that resemble physical qualities (i.e., those qualities that can be defined in terms of physics).  We’ll examine several ontological approaches to colour and discuss whether they are primary or secondary. (Personally, I take the resemblance view and argue that colours are secondary because do not resemble any physical qualities.)

PHL 2190F – Philosophy of Language: Direct reference and semantic relationism

Instructor: Yi, Byeong-uk
Breadth Requirement: MLL
Time:  Thursday, 12-3
Location:  JHB 418

Description: This course will study strengths and limitations of the so-called New Theory of Reference (e.g., direct reference approach) and attempts to overcome the limitations (e.g., semantic relationism).  Readings will include writings by both traditional authors (e.g., Mill, Frege, Searle, Strawson) and contemporary authors (e.g., Kripke, Kaplan, Salmon, Soames, Fine).

PHL2222F (MA Seminar) – Aristotle’s Teleology

Instructor: Gelber, Jessica
Breadth Requirement: History – Ancient
Time: Wednesday, 3-6
Location: JHB 418
Limited to incoming PHL MA students

Description:  This will be a seminar about Aristotle’s teleology.  After some preliminary set up, we will delve into a number of issues, asking questions such as: Why does Aristotle think teleological explanations are indispensable? How does he argue for teleology in nature? How far does teleology extend?  And what is teleological causation being contrasted with?

PHL3000F – MA Professional Development

Instructors: Varied (see below)
Breadth Requirement: N/A
Time: Thursday, 6-9
Location: JHB 401

Description:  This four-session course provides MA students with professional advice on writing for writing sample and publication, teaching and generating classroom discussion, the politics of the classroom, and more. The Seminar is a required course for all MA students, and is graded on a CR/ NCR (Credit/Non-credit) basis.

Session 1: TBA

Session 2: TBA

Session 3: TBA

Session 4: TBA

Winter 2020 Graduate Courses

AMP2000Y – Proseminar for the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (CPAMP)

Instructor: Allen, James
Breadth Requirement: TBD
Time: Monday, 4-6
Location: LI 301 (Winter Term)

Limited to CPAMP students

Description: This course is mandatory for CPAMP students in year 1 and 2; program students who have fulfilled this requirement are expected to attend regularly. Other interested doctoral students are welcome to attend as well and should contact the program director to indicate their interest. The proseminar has three components: a series of seminars; an ancient Greek philosophy reading group and a Latin medieval philosophy reading group. All students in the proseminar must attend the seminars and at least one of the reading groups; students are warmly encouraged to attend both reading groups. For the course schedule and details on the reading groups see the CPAMP website.

COL5138S – Dramaturgy of the Dialectic
Instructor:  R. Comay
Time: Wednesday, 4-6
Location: JHB 418

Description:  This seminar will explore the constellation of dialectics, theatre, and politics in and in the wake of Hegel. We’ll be thinking about some repercussions of Hegel’s infamous pronouncement of the “end of art.”  Why does Hegel say that art “no longer counts” as the expression of truth, and what does this imply for the practice of philosophy and for political practice? We’ll look at the ways in which art stages (literally) its own undoing in theatre and the peculiar afterlife of theatre in philosophy as a scene of pedagogy, a performance, and a political spectacle. The first part of the course will focus on selected portions of Hegel’s Aesthetics and the Phenomenology of Spirit. We’ll then consider Marx’s deployment of the Hegelian dialectic in the Eighteenth Brumaire as he searches (in vain?) for a new revolutionary subject amidst the “farce” of the post-1848 counterrevolution. Finally, we’ll consider some surprising reverberations in Beckett’s Endgame. While the main authors will be Hegel, Marx, and Beckett, we’ll also have occasion to think about other writers (including C.L.R. James, Adorno, Benjamin, Badiou, Karatani,).

Evaluation: Seminar presentation with follow-up written reflection (30%); final paper (70%)

MST 3311S – Topics in Medieval Metaphysics

Instructor: Black, Deborah
Breadth Requirement: History – Medieval
Time:  Wednesday, 10-12
Location: LI 301 (Lillian Massey Building, 125 Queen’s Park)


In this course we will focus on the metaphysics of Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna, d. 1037), perhaps the most original and influential metaphysician in classical Islamic philosophy. Our focus will be on the Metaphysics of his main work, the Healing or Cure, although some consideration will also be given to Avicenna’s predecessors Al-Kindī (d. 870) and Al-Fārābī (d. 950), and to Avicenna’s critical reception by al-Ghazālī (d. 1111) and ibn Rushd (Averroes, d.1198). Topics to be covered include the conception of metaphysics as the study of being; the distinction between essence and existence; necessity and possibility; causality; universals and particulars; the existence and attributes of God.

Principal Text: Avicenna, The Metaphysics of the Healing. Trans. M. E. Marmura. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 2005.

PHL1000S/PHL1001S – Individual Reading and/ or Research Course

PHL 2010S – Late Greek Philosophy – Plotinus

Instructor: Gerson, Lloyd
Breadth Requirement: History-Ancient
Time:  Monday, 9-12
Location: JHB 418

Description: Plotinus. This course is an introduction to the works of this central figure in the history of philosophy.  Plotinus was called by Proclus, “the exegete of the Platonic revelation”.  He is the first systematizer of Platonism and (apart from Plato) the only philosopher in antiquity whose entire literary output we possess. We will study the metaphysical structure of Platonism, Platonic epistemology, and Plotinus’ ethical arguments placed within this metaphysical system.  After Plotinus, Plationism was forever shaped by his “exegesis” of Plato.

PHL 2057S – Seminar in 17th and 18th Century Philosophy

Instructor: Rosenthal, Michael
Breadth Requirement:  TBA
Time:  Thursday, 9-12
Location: JHB 418

Description: Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise (TTP) provoked great controversy when it was published anonymously in 1670.  It sought to overturn accepted ideas about Scripture, the relation of philosophy to theology, and the foundations of the state.  The purpose of this course is to investigate the TTP in detail, analyzing its methods as well as its conclusions.  We will consider the TTP’s relation to Spinoza’s philosophical system in the Ethics.  We will also discuss how the text shows his engagement in the political struggle over the future of the Dutch Republic.  We will learn about the relation of faith to reason, the nature of rights, the foundations of the state, and philosophical arguments for religious toleration.

PHL 2093S – Frege

Instructor: Katz, Bernard
Breadth Requirement: History – 20th Century
Time:  Tuesday, 3-6
Location:  JHB 418

Description: In this course, we will examine the central texts of Gottlob Frege, one of the principal authors of the philosophical tradition that became known as Analytic Philosophy. One of the distinguishing features of Analytic Philosophy is the idea that philosophical problems are best studied through language, or at least through the logical analysis of meaning and representation. Frege initiated the transformation in philosophy that led to this development. We will examine both Frege’s philosophy of mathematics and his philosophy of language.

A great number of the fundamental doctrines of Frege were inspired by his work in developing formal logic. It is difficult to grasp these doctrines without the relevant concepts of formal logic. Accordingly, a course in formal logic (for example, an undergraduate course equivalent to PHL245H) is a prerequisite for this course.

PHL 2095S – Wittgenstein
Instructor: Sedivy, Sonia
Breadth Requirement:
Time:  Wednesday, 3-6
Location:  JHB 401

Description: This course will focus on Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations and On Certainty. We will use a variety of contemporary and ‘classic’ secondary sources to examine the texts with a view towards issues considered pressing in Wittgenstein’s context and today. This will help us focus on questions such as: what is the relationship between ‘immediate non-interpretive rule following’ and ‘embodied skillful action’? What are conceptual capacities and judgement? What is relationship between Wittgenstein’s work and pragmatism?

PHL 2122S– Advanced Logic: Causation, Counterfactuals, and Structural Equations
Instructor: Huber, Franz
Breadth Requirement: MLL
Time:  Monday, 6-9
Location:  JHB 418

Description: This seminar will deal with the logic of counterfactuals and causation. We will begin by reviewing the possible worlds semantics for modal statements. Then we will study the so- called similarity approach to counterfactuals. Next, we will focus on the relation between causation and counterfactuals, as well as discuss what the relata of the causal relation are. Against this background we will then study the structural equations approach to causal counterfactuals that has made its way into philosophy in the last two decades. This will include a discussion of the interventions in terms of which structural equations are often interpreted. It will also include a discussion of empirical results on the role judgments of normality – in both its descriptive and its evaluate form – play for judgments of (actual) causation. We will conclude by looking at an alternative approach to causation, and, if time permits, briefly look into topics that relate causation and probability: causal inference, and causal decision theory.

PHL 2131S – Ethics
Instructor: Hurka, Tom
Breadth Requirement: Values
Time:  Monday, 12-3
Location:  JHB 418

Description: The seminar will explore some novel or under-discussed topics in normative ethical theory, both in the theory of the right and in the theory of the good. Among them are: Theory of the Right Thresholds for constraints and for options: what type, and what quantity, of good consequences are needed to outweigh a moral constraint such as that against harming an innocent person, or a moral option such as the permission to prefer your own lesser good to the greater good of others? can these good consequences be aggregated across persons, or is such aggregation ruled out?

The relation between constraints and options: though common-sense morality affirms both constraints and options, whereas consequentialism recognizes neither, are the two independent or do they somehow require each other? how plausible is a moral view with only options but no constraints, or only constraints but no options?

Proportionality: what determines when the harm that will be caused by a war or other violent act is excessive relative to the good that will result, so the war or act is, despite its other good consequences, not permitted?

Intervening agency: if it’s a necessary condition for an act of yours to cause some harm that another person act wrongly, does the role of the other’s wrong act diminish your responsibility for the harm and thus count against your act’s being wrong?

Theory of the Good

Equality vs. priority: assuming a more equal distribution of the same total happiness is better, why is this so?

Virtue: what kind of good is moral virtue, and how does it relate to other intrinsic goods? Desert: is it a good thing if people get what they deserve, e.g. if virtuous people are happy and vicious people unhappy? what determines how good a certain pairing of virtue and happiness, or a certain pattern of the two across people, is?

Values in cosmic context: what, if any, would be the effect on the value or significance of our lives if the human race died out in 30 years, or if we were the only conscious beings in a vast, empty universe?

PHL 2132S – Seminar in Ethics: Naturalizing the Social Contract

Instructor: Heath, Joseph
Breadth Requirement: Values
Time:  Wednesday, 9-12
Location:  JHB 418

Description: One of the most fundamental claims of social contract theory is that justice, or morality, serves to promote cooperation. But whatever its intuitively plausibility, this idea has proven devilishly difficult to specify within a normative theory. This has led many contemporary contractualists, such as T. M. Scanlon, to downplay or even to abandon this claim. At the same time, scientists have become increasingly persuaded that the best explanation for human altruism (or “prosociality”) will be in terms of its role in promoting cooperation. Thus the “evolution of cooperation” has become an important topic in the human sciences. In this seminar, we will study selections from both the philosophical and the scientific literature on cooperation. The guiding question will be whether the adoption of a more broadly naturalistic perspective can help to resolve any of the puzzles that have troubled normative theorists. Readings will be a combination of contemporary articles and texts written by the instructor.

PHL 2137S – Philosophy of Action

Instructor: Tenenbaum, Sergio
Breadth Requirement: Values
Time:  Wednesday, 12-3
Location:  JHB 418

Description: There has been quite a great deal of literature about seemingly disparate issues in action theory. There is a debate about the nature of “practical knowledge”; that is, the knowledge an  agent has of their own intentional action. There is a possibly related question of whether the “standard story” of action (the causal theory of action) can provide a satisfactory account of agency. There is a debate about what the constitutive aim of agency is, and about whether there is such an aim. For some philosophers the notion of a basic action plays a central role, while others argue that there is no such thing. There are also metaphysical issues about whether actions are events, processes or something else entirely, and, relatedly about whether there is some kind of primacy to action in progress (I am walking to the store) over completed action (I have walked to store).  Finally, there are questions about the relation between intentional agency and our rational powers: how is intentional agency an expression of our rational capacities, if at all?

In this course we will delve into these debates trying to understand not only each them in isolation, but how they relate to each other, and how (or whether) we can have a unified conception of intentional agency. We will read work by Donald Davidson, G. E. M. Anscombe, Michael Thompson, Kieran Setiya, Jennifer Horsnby, Helen Steward, John Hyman, Sarah Paul, Anton Ford, Douglas Lavin, Christine Korsgaard, David Velleman, and others.

PHL 2142S – Seminar in Political Philosophy: Democracy

Instructor: Swarup, Shruta
Breadth Requirement: Values
Time:  Wednesday, 6-9
Location:  JHB 418

Description: This is a seminar in normative democratic theory. We’ll address questions such as the following: Is democracy a morally desirable form of government, and if so, why? What could be wrong with rule by experts? Is there an obligation to obey democratically issued laws? What are the limits of democratic authority?

PHL 2191S – Seminar in the Philosophy of Language: Antirealism in Semantics

Instructor: Charlow, Nate
Breadth Requirement: MLL
Time:  Thursday, 12-3
Location:  JHB 418

Description: This course is about the relationship between antirealism about a domain of discourse — the view, very roughly, that moral discourse (for example) isn’t “in the business of” depicting the world — and semantic theorizing about that domain. In particular, we’ll be interested in the dual questions of (i) when (if ever) it is appropriate for antirealism to drive the project of semantic theorizing, (ii) when (if ever) it is appropriate to draw antirealist conclusions about a domain of discourse from attempts to model the meaning of expressions in that domain. We will look at literature from meta-ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of language (and work through a book manuscript in progress by me). No background in semantics is presupposed.

PHL2222S- MA Seminar – Aesthetics: Film and Philosophy

Instructor: Mark Kingwell
Breadth Requirement:
Time:  Tuesday, 12-3
Location:  JHB 418

Limited to incoming PHL MA students

Description: This course in advanced philosophy of art will focus on the uncanny and narrative inversion, especially in film. The aim is to get students to consider the unique challenge of encountering Self and Other under the doubled sign of ‘familiar strangeness’, and to challenge the apparently naturalness of narrative form.

A key component of the course are student reflection papers, due at the beginning of each week’s class on the assigned reading for the week or the film just screened. These papers are typically scholarly in tone, but you may also consider them an opportunity for personal and creative engagement with the texts. Film screenings will be at the Robarts Media Commons; these are not optional. The full schedule will be indicated on the syllabus.

PHL 3000S – PhD Professional Development Seminar

Instructor – Amy Mullin
Breadth Requirement: N/A
Time: Tuesday,  9-12
Location: JHB 418

Description: The aim of this course is to prepare students entering the job market for careers as professional philosophers. Students will present and receive feedback on work from their dissertations, and receive training on preparing dossier materials, creating a website, and interviewing.

Summer 2020 Graduate Courses

PHL 2051F (May/June) – The Rationalists: Leibniz

Instructor: Rozemond, Marleen
Breadth Requirement: 17th and 18th Century
Time:  TBA
Location:  JHB 418

Description: This course will examine issues central to Leibniz’ philosophy, and it will do so by considering his historical background. The issues we will consider include his conception of substance in relation to his critique of Descartes’s conception of matter and we will consider his views about causation in relation to his critique of occasionalism (the view that only God, but no created entities, has any real causal power). We will also consider his conception of force in relation to the mental, and his arguments for the need for fundamental immaterial, mind-like entities, his monads.