300-Level Courses (2020-21)

PHL 301S    The Philosophy of Plato
Instructor: J. Allen     T 1-3/R 1-2  Online Synchronous
This course explores major themes in Plato’s philosophy through a selective reading of his dialogues. Among the areas tackled are the human good, the nature of the soul, knowledge, and the ultimate constitution of reality. Readings may include, though will not necessarily be confined to, the Euthyphro, Protagoras, Euthydemus, Meno, Gorgias, Republic, Phaedo, Phaedrus and Theaetetus. [36L]
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL
Recommended Prep: PHL200H5 or PHL200Y5 or PHL202H5 or PHL210Y5

PHL 310F    Topics in 17th and 18th Century Philosophy
Instructor: M. Rozemond     T 1-3/R 1-2  Online synchronous
A study of a topic or thinker in the 17th or 18th century. [36L]
Exclusion: PHL309H5 or PHL310H1 or PHL311H1 or PHL313H5
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL
Recommended Prep: PHL210Y5

PHL 314F Kant

Instructor: O. Ware     T 10-1  Online synchronous
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 315H5S – Topics in Nineteenth Century Philosophy
Instructor: A. Sepielli    M 3-5/W 3-4  Online Synchronous
A study of some topic or thinker in the 19th century. [36L]
Exclusion: PHL317H5
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL
Recommended Prep: PHL210Y5 or PHL309H5 or PHL312H5

PHL 332F    Metaphysics
Instructor: B. Yi     M 11-1/W 12-1  Online synchronous
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 333S    Epistemology
Instructor: J. Nagel     M 11-12/W 11-1  Online Synchronous
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 341F    Practical Reason and Human Action [formerly offered as: Freedom, Responsibility, and Human Action]
Instructor: P. Clark     M 10-11/W 9-11  Online synchronous
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. Yi     M 12-1/W 11-1  Online Synchronous
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 346S Modality in Logic and Philosophy
Instructor: J. Weisberg     T 11-1/ R 12-1  Online Synchronous
Study of the concepts of necessity and possibility using extensions of classical logic: modal sentential logic, modal quantification logic, possible-world semantics, the metaphysics of modality. Other possible topics include: counterfactuals, epistemic logic, temporal logic, deontic logic, many-valued logic, and supervaluations.[36L]
Exclusion: PHL347H1
Prerequisites: PHL245H5 and 1.0 credit in PHL
Recommended Prep: PHL345H5

PHL 350F  Philosophy of Language
Instructor: N. Charlow     M 4-5/ W 3-5  Online synchronous
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]
Exclusion: PHL351H1 or PHLC80H3
Prerequisites: PHL245H5 and 1.5 additional credits in PHL

PHL354H5F – Philosophy of Mathematics
Instructor: A. Koo     T 1-3/ F 11-12  Online synchronous
Platonism versus nominalism, the relation between logic and mathematics, implications of Godel’s and Church’s theorems, formalism and intuitionism. [36L]
Exclusion: PHL344H5 and PHL346H1
Prerequisites: PHL245H5 and 1.0 credit in PHL/MAT/CSC
Recommended Prep: PHL345H5

PHL358H5S – Philosophical Issues in Cognitive Science 
Instructor: J. Nagel     M 1-3/ W 2-3  Online Synchronous
An examination of philosophical issues that arise in cognitive science, such as: the nature of consciousness, alternative models of computation in theories of cognition, the nature and function of perception and the emotions, the evolution of mind and language, and the relation among various fields of cognitive science such as psychology, linguistics, and neuroscience. [36L]
Exclusion: COG250Y1
Prerequisites: (PHL340H5 or PHL345H5 or PHL350H5) and 1.5 additional credits in PHL

PHL 365F  Issues in Political Philosophy 
Instructor: G. Rattan     T 10-11/R 9-11 Online synchronous
A study of some of the best recent work by political philosophers on topics such as justice, rights, welfare and political authority. [36L]
Exclusion: PHL365H1, PHL366H1
Prerequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL
Recommended Prep: PHL265H5 or PHL277Y5

PHL 374S   Issues in Normative Ethics
Instructor: S. Tenenbaum     T 11-12/R 11-1  Online Synchronous
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 or PHL376H1 or PHLC05H3 or PHLC06H3
Prerequisite: 1.5 credits in PHL
Recommended Preparation: PHL275H5 or PHL277Y5