200-Level Courses (2019-20)

PHL 200F    Ancient Philosophy
Instructor: W. Costello       T/R 1-2
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, PHL202H5, PHLB31H3
Prerequisites: PHL101H5, 102H5, 103H5, 113H5 or 105Y5 (any of these courses may be taken as a co-requisite) or 4.0 credits.

PHL 204F    Philosophy in Everyday Life
Instructor:  L. Dunford         M 5-7/W 6-7
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: M. Rozemond         T/R 10-11
This course studies questions central to early modern philosophy, the era of the scientific revolution, when science, philosophy and religion were not yet separate.  We will explore questions like: what is the nature of matter? Can everything be explained in terms of matter or should we accept the existence of immaterial things?  Is there room for free will in the world?  How does knowledge work?  And what is God’s role in the world?  Philosophers we study will include Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Anne Conway, Margaret Cavendish, Leibniz, David Hume, Immanuel Kant.
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:  O. Ware         T 11-12/R 11-1


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 240F    Minds and Machines

Instructor:  M. Matthen         T 11-1/R 12-1
Can machines think and feel? Are human beings simply very complicated organic machines? These questions are discussed in the light of recent work on the simulation of intelligence and purposive behaviour. [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 245F    Modern Symbolic Logic
    

Instructor: A. Koo           T 3-5/F 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 245S    Modern Symbolic Logic
Instructor: A. Koo          M 3-5/W 3-4
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         T/R 1-2  
The elements of axiomatic probability theory, and its main interpretations (frequency, logical, subjective). Reasoning with probabilities in decision making and science. [36L]

Prerequisites: PHL101H5, 102H5, 103H5, 105Y5 or 113H5 (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     T/R 10-11
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 1-3/W 2-3
This course focuses on how to detect bad arguments, improve weak ones, and create good arguments. Skills at identifying, analyzing, improving and creating arguments are critical thinking skills. In this course you will analyze the structure of arguments, identify common fallacies in them, evaluate the strength and weakness of arguments and learn how to improve them, using course terms with precision. [36L]

Exclusion: PHL145H5, TRN200Y1

PHL 247S   Critical Reasoning   [formerly offered as PHL145H]
Instructor: A. Mullin          M 11-12/W 11-1
This course focuses on how to detect bad arguments, improve weak ones, and create good arguments. Skills at identifying, analyzing, improving and creating arguments are critical thinking skills. In this course you will analyze the structure of arguments, identify common fallacies in them, evaluate the strength and weakness of arguments and learn how to improve them, using course terms with precision. [36L]

Exclusion: PHL145H5, TRN200Y1

PHL 255F    Philosophy of Science
Instructor: M. Matthen         T 9-10/R 9-11
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 258S    Puzzles and Paradoxes

Instructor: N. Charlow M 1-2/W 1-3
Philosophy often begins with a puzzle or paradox. Zeno once convincingly argued that motion was impossible, but people continue to move. The “liar’s paradox” seems to show that everything is both true and false, but that cannot be right. In this course, we will examine these and related issues. [36L]
Exclusion: PHLB55H3
Prerequisites: PHL101H5 or PHL102H5 or PHL103H5 or PHL105Y5 or PHL113H5 (may be taken as a corequisite) or 4.0 credits.


PHL 265F    Social and Political Philosophy

Instructor: P. Clark    M/W 9-10
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: 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 273F  Environmental Ethics
Instructor:  A. Henry        M 3-4/W 3-5
Environmental ethics is a relatively new development in philosophical thinking which focuses on the ethical and value questions arising from our relation to nature. Focal question of the area asks: Is the non-human world of ethical significance only insofar as it is connected with human well-being, or is ethically significant in itself? This course investigates and evaluates anthropocentrim, ecofeminism and radical biocentric theories of the deep ecologists. [36L]
Exclusion: PHLB02H3
Prerequisites: PHL101H5 or PHL102H5 or PHL103H5 or PHL105Y5 or PHL113H (any of these courses may be taken as a co-requisite) or 4.0 credits.

PHL 275S    Ethics and Moral Philosophy
Instructor: P. Clark    M/W 9-10
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
PrerequisitePHL101H5 or PHL102H5 or PHL103H5 or PHL105Y5 or PHL113H5 (may be taken as a corequisite) or 4.0 credits.

 

PHL 283S    Bioethics 
Instructor: TBD     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: PHL101H5 or PHL102H5 or PHL103H5 or PHL105Y5 or PHL113H (any of these courses may be taken as a co-requisite) or 4.0 credits.