Summer 2020 Courses

PHL 221H5F    Philosophy at the Movies
Instructor: TBD           M 6-9/W 6-9
This course considers fundamental philosophical themes – the meaning of life and death, the nature of responsibility, fate and agency, knowledge and illusion, personal identity, alienation and belonging, love and sex, politics, ethics, and morality, among others – through film. The course also considers some questions about film as a philosophical genre: of the medium of film as an alternative medium (an alternative to language and explicit argument) of philosophical expression; of whether and how film may convey philosophical insight otherwise unavailable; and of the role of interpretation in understanding film philosophically. [36L]

PHL 242H5S   Science Fiction and Philosophy
Instructor: TBD         M 6-9/W 6-9

Science Fiction is a rich resource for philosophical thinking. Are we in a matrix? Are there alternative realities? Is teleportation, or telepathy, or telekinesis, or time travel, possible? In addition, philosophical thought experiments often include elements of science fiction, like twin-earths, zombies, swamp people, inverted spectra, brain-splitting, eternal recurrences, and evil demons. This course considers these topics — both some philosophy of science fiction and some science fiction in philosophy. [36L]

Pre-Requisites: PHL101H5/ PHL102H5/ PHL103H5/ PHL105Y5/ PHL113H5 (may be taken as a corequisite) or 4.0 credits.

PHL 245H5Y    Modern Symbolic Logic
Instructor: TBD           T 6-8/R 6-7
The application of symbolic techniques to the assessment of arguments. Propositional calculus and quantification theory. Logical concepts; techniques of natural deduction. [36L]

Note: This half credit (0.5) course is offered over the full academic session.
Exclusion: PHLB50H3
Recommended Prep: PHL102H5

PHL 247H5F   Critical Reasoning  [formerly offered as PHL145H]
Instructor: TBD         T 1-4/R 1-4
The course covers the area of informal logic — the logic of ordinary language. Topics include: criteria for the critical assessment of arguments as strong or merely persuasive; different types of argument and techniques of refutation; their use and abuse. [36L]
Exclusion: PHL145H5, TRN200Y1

PHL 390H5S    Special Topics in Philosophy
Instructor: TBD           M 6-9/W 6-9
A course primarily for Specialists and Majors in Philosophy. Topic to vary from year to year. [36S]
Exclusion: PHL396H5
Prequisites: 1.5 credits in PHL