Graduate courses 2018
PHIL 673: Theory of Mind
An interdisciplinary investigation of the concepts, representations, and abilities that constitute the everyday practices of attributing mental states, predicting and explaining behaviour, and related aspects of social cognition. This course explores how power blocks the production of liberatory knowledge. It has three sections: (1) standpoint theory, feminist empiricism and the situated knower, (2) the epistemology of ignorance and knowledge of oppression and harm, and (3) epistemic smothering and silencing.
PHIL 674/676 - Post-War Justice
An intensive examination of theory and practice in connection with post-war justice, and the transition from armed conflict into a stable peace. We’ll move from short-term, immediate post-war issues like cease-fires, demilitarization, occupation law and war crimes trials, to longer-term considerations such as retributive- versus rehabilitative post-war policies, coercive regime change, and even things like the perpetual peace tradition and the democratic peace thesis. A blend of law and philosophy, and of political theory with international relations, featuring tons of historical case studies ranging from the world wars up to Iraq and Afghanistan. Specific philosophers will include Kant, Hannah Arendt, Rousseau, Michael Doyle, and Michael Walzer.
PHIL 673/675: Feminist Bioethics
PHIL 673 - Realism and Anti-Realism
This course will focus on the contemporary realism - anti-realism debate in the philosophy of science. We will examine arguments for and against realism (e.g. the Pessimistic Meta-Induction, the 'No Miracles' Argument, and Underdeterminism arguments) and evaluate contemporary positions on the debate, including variants of structural realism, selective realism, and anti-realist empiricim.
PHIL 674/675 - Social Metaphysics
This course introduces students to social metaphysics, the philosophical area at the intersection of metaphysics and the social sciences. Social metaphysicians direct the methods and questions of metaphysics at the social (rather than the natural) world. What is race? What is gender? What is it for something to be socially constructed? Can something be at once a social construction and real? We'll consider these and similar questions through a survey of recent work by social metaphysicians like Sally Haslanger, Elizabeth Barnes, Katharine Jenkins, and Ásta Kristjana Sveinsdóttir.
PHIL 673/675 - Theory and Applications
When assessing a theory, we usually ask whether it gives good answers (and good arguments for those answers) to the question(s) the author seeks to answer. We should also think about which questions or practical issues the author has explicitly bracketed or simply failed to acknowledge. If we want to apply a theory to an issue of this sort, what is the best way to do this? We will examine this challenge.
Continued from fall term.
In an era of alt-facts and fake news, philosophical investigations of the objectivity of knowledge claims, and of the institutions and people who produce and use those knowledge claims, are more important than ever. The credibility and effectiveness of institutions such as journalism, law, and science rely on sometimes-contentious notions of objectivity. From public policy to parenting, we hope to trust those institutions to produce knowledge that we can use with confidence. This class will critically engage the notion of objectivity from a wide range of philosophical subfields and will consider how philosophical investigations of objectivity can be of use more broadly across and beyond the academy.
Graduate courses 2017-2018
- PHIL 673/675: Puppies, Pigs and the Polis -Katy Fulfer
- PHIL 673/675: Philosophy of Quantum Theory - Doreen Fraser
- PHIL 673/675: Harm Reduction - Shannon Dea
- PHIL 680A: Engaged Philosophy - Heather Douglas
- PHIL 673/675: Autonomy in Sex and Love - Patricia Marino
- PHIL 673: Cosmology - Plato to Galileo - Jacqueline Feke
- PHIL 673/675: Philosophy of Science - Carla Fehr
- PHIL 674: Self-Knowledge - Mathieu Doucet
- PHIL 680B: Engaged Philosophy - Heather Douglas
Graduate courses 2016-2017
- PHIL 673: Justice and Disability - Chris Lowry
- PHIL 673: Concepts and Rules - John Turri
- PHIL 674: Philosophy and Public Policy - Katy Fulfer
- PHIL 680A: Explanation - Doreen Fraser
- PHIL 673: Theorizing Power in Knowledge - Heidi Grasswick
- PHIL 673: Applied Social Epistemology - Tim Kenyon
- PHIL 674: Moral Epistemology - Patricia Marino
- PHIL 680B: Explanation - Doreen Fraser
Graduate courses 2015-2016
- PHIL 673 - Graduate Course (Topic: Cosmology - Plato to Galileo | held with PHIL 403 and CLAS 461|
- PHIL 673 - Graduate Course (Topic: Cognition and Social Change | held with PHIL 447 and PSYCH 447 | P. Thagard)
- PHIL 674 - Graduate Course (Topic: Philosophy of Social Science | P. Marino)
- PHIL 680A - Departmental Graduate Seminar (Topic: Luck | M. Doucet)
- PHIL 673 - Graduate Course (Topic: Classic Pragmatism | held with PHIL 408 | S. Dea)
- PHIL 673 - Graduate Course (Topic: Freedom, Responsibility and Agency | held with PHIL 455 |
- PHIL 674 - Graduate Course (Topic: Egalitarianism | C. Lowry)
- PHIL 680B - Departmental Graduate Se
- minar (Topic: Luck | M. Doucet)
Graduate Courses 2014-2015
- PHIL 673 - Graduate Course (Topic: Autonomy in Sex and Love | held with PHIL 402 and WS 422 |
- PHIL 673 - Graduate Course (Topic: Varieties of Idealism | held with PHIL 455 | S. Dea)
- PHIL 674 - Graduate Course (Topic: Ifs, Ands, Buts - The Relevant, The Real and The True | D. DeVidi)
- PHIL 680A - Departmental Graduate Seminar (Topic: Philosophical Method and X-Phi | J. Turri)
- PHIL 673 - Graduate Course (Topic: Responsibility and Ignorance | held with PHIL 420 | M. Doucet)
- PHIL 673 - Graduate Course (Topic: Feminism and the Biological Sciences | held with PHIL 458 | C. Fehr)
- PHIL 674 - Graduate Course (Topic: Models and Idealization | D. Fraser)
- PHIL 680B - Departmental Graduate Seminar (Topic: Philosophical Method and X-Phi | J. Turri)