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Department of Philosophy
4604 Diamond Building, (604) 2913343 Tel, (604) 2914443 Fax, www.sfu.ca/philosophy
P.P. Hanson BA (Calg), MA, PhD (Prin)
- Graduate Program Chair
R.E. Jennings BA, MA (Qu), PhD (Lond)
- Faculty and Areas of Research
see "Department of Philosophy". for a complete list of faculty.
K. Akins - philosophy of mind, philosophy of perception, philosophy of the cognitive sciences
S. Black - social and political philosophy, ethics, history of 17th century philosophy
S. Davis - philosophy of language, philosophy of mind
M. Hahn - philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, history of early analytic and continental philosophy
P.P. Hanson - epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of mind
P.T. Horban - philosophy of religion
R.E. Jennings - modal logic, conditional logic, philosophy of language
O. Schulte - philosophy of science, epistemology, logic, rational choice theory
J.H. Tietz - metaphysics, history of modern philosophy, history of 19th century German philosophy
E. Tiffany - ethical theory, philosophical psychology, philosophy of mind and language
D. Zimmerman - ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of mind, medical ethics
The philosophy departments of Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia co-operate in the administration of their graduate programs. A student enrolled in a graduate program at Simon Fraser is supervised by a member of the SFU department, but may count graduate courses at UBC toward degree requirements and have members of the UBC department as other members of a supervisory committee. Since Simon Fraser University operates on a trimester system, and the University of B.C. on a sessional system, the language adopted for descriptions of course requirements is intended to be neutral as between the two systems. Thus, in what follows, `course' means `semester course' or `one term course.'
- Application Procedures
The philosophy departments of Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia co-operate in the administration of graduate applications. Prospective applicants are sent application forms for both universities and may submit to one or both departments. Those who apply to both may indicate a preference to enrol at one of them. Those who wish to be considered by both departments must submit applications and supporting documents to each department.
An application fee of $55 is charged.
see "1.3 Admission". for additional minimum university admission requirements. In addition, an applicant must hold, from a recognized university, an honors bachelor's degree with a 3.33 cumulative GPA or a bachelor's degree with a 3.5 GPA in third and fourth year philosophy courses, and must submit references from qualified referees.
A student whose undergraduate work does not satisfy the above conditions may complete additional undergraduate courses as a part of a graduate program, or to register as a qualifying student before consideration for admission to the MA program.
A candidate for the MA degree in philosophy must
- ˇ complete six courses, one of which may, with permission of the graduate studies committee, be a 300 or 400 level undergraduate course, and the rest graduate courses
- ˇ show competence in such foreign languages as the graduate studies committee determines to be required for the proposed research.
- ˇ have or acquire competence in formal logic at the level of PHIL 214, or higher when relevant to his or her research.
- ˇ submit and successfully defend a thesis, normally no more than 100 pages in length, giving evidence of independent critical ability
- ˇ complete one additional course and take PHIL 899 with the senior supervisor in which a paper from a previously completed graduate course is reviewed and revised to a standard suitable in form and content for submission to a professional journal. The resulting paper normally shall not exceed 30 pages.
The student must also
- ˇ normally attain a cumulative GPA of 3.5
- ˇ pass a final examination in which the individual studies course paper is evaluated and approved by the supervisory committee as conforming to the standard set out above. The student will present the paper in a public forum directed by the supervisory committee and at least one other faculty member in the field. After the public presentation and discussion, the expanded committee will evaluate of the paper and the student's performance at the examination.
The department reserves the right to require any student to take undergraduate courses in addition to the required graduate courses.
PhD applications must have completed
- ˇ a bachelor's degree with first class honors (and a CGPA of 3.67 or equivalent in philosophy courses), or
- ˇ a master's degree (or equivalent), or
- ˇ a bachelor's degree with one year of study in a master's program, four graduate courses with a 3.67 CGPA and clear evidence of research ability. (Transfer directly into a doctoral program is not normally permitted beyond the first year of study and will not be permitted after the completion of the second year in a master's program.)
Students in the PhD program are normally required to take twelve courses, six in the first year of registration in the program, and six in the second. Two of the courses may, with permission of the graduate studies committee, be 300 or 400 level undergraduate courses, the rest must be graduate ones. Students admitted after one year in the MA program are normally required to complete at least eight graduate courses beyond those completed in the MA program.
Students entering the PhD program after completing the requirements for an MA may have the course requirements reduced, but in no case by more than four courses. Each student's committee will recommend, according to the student's background and the requirements appropriate to the field of research, the kind and number of courses to be taken by the student.
Students entering directly from the bachelor's degree must, during the first year of graduate study, complete six courses with a CGPA of at least 3.33.
Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination, normally by the end of the first semester of the third year of registration in the program. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive exam and an approved thesis proposal, a student is admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree.
- Language Requirements
Students are required to demonstrate such competence in foreign languages as the graduate studies committee deems essential to the successful completion of their proposed research.
- Formal Logic Requirement
In addition to other course requirements, students are required to either have or acquire competence in formal logic at the level of PHIL 214, or higher when considered relevant to their research.
- Thesis Proposal and Seminar
Before the end of the first semester of the third year, a PhD candidate must submit a thesis proposal for approval of an examining committee consisting of the student's supervisory committee and one further member of the combined graduate department. The proposal show an acquaintance with the literature in the area of the proposed research and must represent a well defined program of investigation.
Before the end of the second semester of the third year, the candidate must make a presentation to a colloquium of faculty and graduate students of the combined department on the subject of the proposed research.
PhD program students write and defend a thesis embodying original philosophical research.
In addition to courses offered at Simon Fraser University, graduate students may also satisfy their course requirements by taking courses offered at the University of British Columbia, after consultation with their supervisor.
Metaphysics and Epistemology
- PHIL 802-5 Selected Topics in Epistemology
- PHIL 803-5 Selected Topics in Metaphysics
- PHIL 804-5 Selected Topics in Philosophy of Science
- PHIL 805-5 Selected Topics in Philosophy of Mind
- PHIL 806-5 Selected Topics in Philosophy of Language
Logic and Formal Studies
- PHIL 812-5 Selected Topics in Logic I
- PHIL 813-5 Selected Topics in Logic II
- PHIL 814-5 Selected Topics in Philosophy of Mathematics
- PHIL 815-5 Selected Topics in Formal Studies
- PHIL 822-5 Selected Topics Normative Ethics
- PHIL 823-5 Selected Topics Meta-ethics
- PHIL 824-5 Selected Topics Moral Psychology
- PHIL 825-5 Selected Topics in Social and Political Philosophy
- PHIL 826-5 Selected Topics in Aesthetics
- PHIL 852-5 Selected Topics in Ancient Philosophy
- PHIL 853-5 Selected Topics in Mediaeval Philosophy
- PHIL 854-5 Selected Topics in 17th and 18th Century Philosophy
- PHIL 855-5 Selected Topics in 19th and 20th Century Philosophy
- PHIL 861-5 Directed Studies: Selected Topics I
- PHIL 862-5 Directed Studies: Selected Topics II
- PHIL 863-5 Directed Studies: Selected Topics III
- PHIL 864-5 Directed Studies: Selected Topics IV
- PHIL 865-5 Directed Studies: Selected Topics V
- PHIL 898-0 MA Thesis
- PHIL 899-0 Non-Thesis Poject Completion
- PHIL 998-0 PhD Thesis
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