Fall 2021 - PHIL 880 G100

Pro-Seminar (5)

Class Number: 7452

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    AQ 5036, Burnaby



 Important note regarding enrollment:  PHIL 880 is required for and restricted to incoming Philosophy graduate students.

This pro-seminar enrolls all and only first-year MA students in SFU’s Philosophy Department. There are two aims of the course. First, we will work through a collection of important philosophical writings with the aim of giving students a firm grounding in the plurality of topics and methods that animate contemporary academic philosophy and the methodological skills they shall require as their careers progress. Second, we will emphasize curiosity, interaction and tolerance with the aim of building a new academic community whose members can rely on each other in various ways going forward.


  • Class participation. 10%
  • 10 one-page response papers based on the reading for the week. 20%
  • A short (5-7 page) paper, due roughly halfway through the term. 30%
  • A longer (10-15 page) paper, with a required draft, due at the end of the term. 40%


Seminar delivery: in person.



  • Ayer, Language, Truth and Logic. ISBN: 9780486200101
  • Kripke, Naming and Necessity. ISBN: 9780631128014
  • All other readings will be made available through the SFU Library website or Canvas.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

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


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.