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Graduate courses 2018

Winter 2018

PHIL 673/675: Autonomy in Love and Sex

Patricia Marino

This course is a seminar on autonomy in sex and love, focusing on questions such as: What is it to choose for oneself in highly social domains like sex and love? How should the ways that women are socialized to prioritize the wellbeing and concerns of others impact on our thinking about choices having to do with sex and love? What does theoretical thinking about autonomy in sex and love tell us about applied issues related to sexual consent, sexual submission, objectification, and the medicalization of love? Can loving action be coercive if it means setting aside your own well-being? 

PHIL 673/675 - Philosophy of Science

Carla Fehr

In this Philosophy of Science class we will develop a set of theoretical tools for engaging and analyzing biological research on sex/gender and we will use these tools to explore philosophical and historical accounts of scientific research on the impact of maternal experience and behaviour on offspring development and well-being.

PHIL 680B: Engaged Philosophy

Heather Douglas

Graduate departmental seminar
What is engaged philosophy? And how can it make the discipline of philosophy better? In this seminar, we will explore the kinds of work philosophers do to engage non-philosophers (be they social and natural scientists, other humanists, or regular citizens) and examine how doing this work can make the field of philosophy better. We will read the current debates about the profession of philosophy while discussing what those debates mean for graduate students entering the field. We will also develop the skills to do traditional philosophy tasks (research and writing, peer review, grant applications, presentations), while examining how these skills translate when doing engaged philosophy.

PHIL 673: Cosmology: Plato to Galileo

Jacqueline Feke

Responding to their naked-eye observations of the world and divergent philosophical commitments, ancient Greek philosophers and mathematicians constructed competing theories of the cosmos’composition and structure.  This course examines the variety of cosmological theories advanced by ancient Greek philosophers and mathematicians as well as their reception from the medieval Islamic tradition to early modern Europe. No prior knowledge of cosmology is required.

PHIL 674 - Self-Knowledge

Mathieu Doucet

Our knowledge of ourselves has long been at the heart of philosophy. It was what allegedly made Socrates the wisest person in Athens, and it’s what Descartes used as the foundation for all other knowledge. But our knowledge of ourselves is also puzzling. On the one hand, self knowledge—
and in particular, our knowledge of our own mental states—seems very different, and more secure, than other kinds of knowledge. Explaining the authority of self-knowledge is a central topic in epistemology and philosophy of mind. On the other hand, we often seem strangers to ourselves, and are notoriously bad at self-assessment. Explaining the sources of self-ignorance is a central topic is moral and social psychology. This course will explore a range of philosophical debates—from epistemology and philosophy of mind to moral psychology and moral philosophy—that centre on our knowledge—and ignorance—of ourselves. Topics will include the sources and authority of self knowledge, the possibility of self-ignorance and self-deception, the risks of mistaken self assessment, and the moral value of self-knowledge.


Note: The Schedule of Classes for Graduate Students will provide further information and here is a link to past graduate courses.

Link to: Graduate Studies Office (GSO): Academic Deadlines