Fall 2019 - PHIL 300 E200

Introduction to Philosophy (3)

Class Number: 10844

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    WMC 3255, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 4, 2019
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    At least 60 units.



An introductory course specifically intended for students in other departments who have at least 60 units. This course is more advanced than 100 and 200 division courses and is of interest to students not only in the humanities, but also in the natural and social sciences. This course does not count towards the upper division requirements for a student pursuing a minor, major, or honours program in philosophy. Normally, students with credit for PHIL 100 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


An introductory course for non-majors focused on providing a survey of the discipline of philosophy and some of its central questions and methods. This course will cover a selection of central questions in Epistemology (the theory of Knowledge), and Metaphysics (the nature of existence). We will consider questions such as: What constitutes a good life? Do we have free will? What is knowledge and do we have it? Does God exist? We will read from a diverse selection of topics in philosophy, both classic and contemporary. The course will expose students to the fundamental methods of philosophical analysis, and help them develop their critical thinking skills.


PHIL 300 may be applied towards the Certificate in Liberal Arts and the Breadth-Humanities Requirement.

Only if you are a Philosophy Major or Minor
: please note that PHIL 300 will NOT count towards your upper division requirements.


  • Attendance & Participation (in class writing assignments) 15%
  • Short Reflection Paper 15%
  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Final Exam 40%



All the readings will be provided as PDFs.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Thinking of a Philosophy Major or Minor? The Concentration in Law and Philosophy? The Certificate in Ethics? The Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate?
Contact the PHIL Advisor at philmgr@sfu.ca   More details on our website: SFU Philosophy

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html