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Department of Philosophy


4604 Diamond Building, (604) 2913343 Tel, (604) 2914443 Fax, www.sfu.ca/philosophy

Chair

P.P. Hanson BA (Calg), MA, PhD (Prin)

Professors Emeriti

R.D. Bradley BA, MA (NZ), PhD (ANU)

L. Resnick BA, PhD (C'nell)

N.M. Swartz BA (Harv), MA, PhD (Indiana)

Professors

S. Davis BA (Roch), MA, PhD (Ill)

R.E. Jennings BA, MA (Qu), PhD (Lond)

Associate Professors

K. Akins BA (Manit), PhD (Mich)

P.P. Hanson BA (Calg), MA, PhD (Prin)

J.H. Tietz BA (Pacific Lutheran), PhD (Claremont), Associate Dean of Arts

D. Zimmerman BA, MA, PhD (Mich)

Assistant Professors

S. Black BA (Concordia), PhD (Camb)

M. Hahn BA (S Fraser), MA (Br Col), PhD (Calif)

O. Schulte Sc (Tor), MS, PhD (Carnegie Mellon)*

E. Tiffany BA (Albion), PhD (Calif)

Senior Lecturer

P.T. Horban BA (Sask), MA, PhD (W Ont)

Advisor

Mr. D. Bevington, 4625 Diamond Building, 778.782 4852

*joint appointment with computing science

General Information

All 100 division courses (and PHIL 001) improve skills in critical thinking, logical analysis and clarity of expression. One hundred division courses and PHIL 001 have no prerequisites, may be taken in any order by any student in any faculty and will acquaint students with some of the most important problems, perspectives and methods in philosophy. Moreover, all 100 division courses bear on particular problems and subjects encountered in other areas of study.

Two hundred division courses are slightly more advanced than 100 and are more specific in subject matter. It is recommended, but not mandatory, that students wishing to enrol in a 200 division philosophy course have completed 15 credit hours of university work or its equivalent. (PHIL 203 and 214 have additional prerequisites.)

For 300 and 400 division courses, students normally must have at least six credit hours of lower division philosophy before taking upper division. However, for those majoring in other departments who have a keen interest in a particular upper division course, this requirement may be waived by the department. Four hundred division courses are more advanced than 300 division courses (there is more reading, the reading is more difficult, and more writing is required). Students should take at least two 300 division courses before enrolling in a 400 division course.

Major Program

Lower Division Requirements

Students are required to complete at least 16 credit hours of lower division credit including all of

PHIL 100-3 Knowledge and Reality

PHIL 120-3 Introduction to Moral Philosophy

PHIL 203-3 Metaphysics

PHIL 210-4 Natural Deductive Logic

and one of

PHIL 150-3 History of Philosophy I

PHIL 151-3 History of Philosophy II

Upper Division Requirements

Students are required to complete at least 30 credit hours upper division credit including the following courses.

PHIL 301-3 Epistemology

at least one of

PHIL 320-3 Social and Political Philosophy

PHIL 321-3 Moral Issues and Theories

PHIL 421-4 Ethical Theories

at least one of

PHIL 341-3 Philosophy of Science

PHIL 343-3 Philosophy of Mind

PHIL 344-3 Philosophy of Language I

at least two of

PHIL 350-3 Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 353-3 Locke and Berkeley

PHIL 354-3 Descartes and Rationalism

PHIL 355-3 Hume and Empiricism

PHIL 451-4 Kant

PHIL 452-4 19th Century European Philosophy

Honors Program

This program is for those interested in advanced work in philosophy, and is strongly advised for students who plan a postgraduate degree in philosophy.

Course Requirements

Entering students must first complete 60 credit hours including 16 of philosophy, must fulfil lower division requirements for the philosophy major program listed above, and complete PHIL 301. A 3.0 GPA or higher for all philosophy courses is expected for entrance and continuation in the program but does not by itself guarantee either. Students proposing honors must submit an application (available in the department office), and consult the advisor. After one honors program semester, a candidate must, in consultation with the advisor, devise a program of study. Consideration of the application and proposed program of studies will be based on the assessment of the student's potential for advanced work.

Students pursuing honors must

Tutorials offer sufficient time to examine in depth several philosophical topics in a general area such as ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, etc. The honors candidate must achieve a grade of B or higher in each honors tutorial to receive the honors degree.

Minor Program

Course Requirements

Students must complete at least eight philosophy courses including at least five in the upper division. These courses may be either an individually designed program or those given in the core program below.

one of

PHIL 100-3 Knowledge and Reality

PHIL 110-3 Introduction to Logic and Reasoning

all of

PHIL 120-3 Introduction to Moral Philosophy

PHIL 203-3 Metaphysics

PHIL 301-3 Epistemology

plus at least four additional upper division courses

With the undergraduate advisor, a student may design a minor program with an emphasis that complements a special interest. For example, programs may be designed for students with an interest in law, language, natural or social science, history of ideas, social theory, value theory or logic.

Extended Minor Program

This program consists of the lower division requirements for a major and the upper division requirements for a minor. A student must have their program approved by the advisor for the extended minor program.

Joint Major in Philosophy and Humanities

See "Joint Major in Philosophy and Humanities". for program information.

Seminars and Special Topics Courses

A student may not enrol in a philosophy seminar or selected topics course which deals with a general topic for which the student has received credit in another philosophy seminar or special topics course.

Reading Lists and Course Outlines

Reading lists and course outlines are available at the Department of Philosophy. The content of some courses varies considerably.

Program in Cognitive Science

Please see "Cognitive Science Program". for program information.

Upper Division Courses Listed by Field (partial listing)

Epistemology and Metaphysics

The following two courses are continuations of PHIL 100 and 203 at a more advanced level.

PHIL 301-3 Epistemology

PHIL 455-4 Contemporary Issues in Epistemology and Metaphysics

Logic

The following two courses offer concentrated work in logic and are continuations of PHIL 210 and 214.

PHIL 310-3 Modal Logic and Its Applications

PHIL 314-3 Topics in Logic I

Ethics and Aesthetics

The following are continuations of PHIL 120 and 220, and present a wide range of issues and topics in ethics, and in political and social philosophy.

PHIL 320-3 Social and Political Philosophy

PHIL 321-3 Moral Issues and Theories

PHIL 421-4 Ethical Theories

The following course is a continuation of PHIL 242.

PHIL 325-3 Philosophy of Art II

History of Philosophy

The following are continuations of PHIL 150 and 151, and examine, at a more advanced level, the philosophical foundations of Western culture.

PHIL 350-3 Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 353-3 Locke and Berkeley

PHIL 354-3 Descartes and Rationalism

PHIL 355-3 Hume and Empiricism

PHIL 451-4 Kant

PHIL 452-4 19th Century European Philosophy

PHIL 453-4 Background to Analytical Philosophy

PHIL 456-4 Twentieth Century European Philosophy

Methodology, Science, Mind, Language

The following five courses introduce special areas of philosophical interest.

PHIL 340-3 Philosophical Methods

PHIL 341-3 Philosophy of Science

PHIL 343-3 Philosophy of Mind

PHIL 344-3 Philosophy of Language I

PHIL 444-4 Philosophy of Language II



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