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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Courses Undergraduate Courses Philosophy Courses
Philosophy Courses

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

(Information about Course Numbering System)

The following courses are offered for degree programs.

Philosophy 1100      Introduction to Philosophical Thought
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: A systematic investigation of the major areas of philosophical inquiry. In the context of selected readings from some of the most influential classical and contemporary philosophers the following topics are normally discussed: moral philosophy, theory of knowledge and sense perception, metaphysics, logic and philosophy of science, philosophy of religion.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Philosophy 1117      Introduction to Thinking
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The practical aspects of reasoning and logical self-defense against fallacy and flim-flammery. Topics covered include the elements of deductive and inductive reasoning, how to assess claims of proof and evidence, the scientific method and how junk science might be distinguished from the real thing, the statistical and psychological pitfalls that lead reason astray, knowledge by authority and how to distinguish the real experts from the pretenders.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 1118      Philosophy of the Occult and Paranormal
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A systematic investigation of Astrology, Witchcraft, Clairvoyance, Extrasensory Perception, Psychokinesis, Out-of-body Experience and other paranormal phenomena which seem to defy scientific explanation. Students are expected to learn how to assess evidence critically while keeping an open mind.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 1119      Philosophy Through Popular Culture
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An introduction to the perennial questions of philosophy through an examination of popular culture, including graphic novels, literature, and film.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2013      Environmental Philosophy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A critical examination of major philosophical approaches to the environment with emphasis on Western and multicultural ethical theories, but with some attention to their practical applications to environmental issues such as pollution, global warming, resource depletion and endangered species along with political and economic considerations.
Cross-List(s): Environmental Studies 2013
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2311      Ancient Greek Philosophy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Philosophical enquiry into the foundations of Western thought and culture. Brief historical treatment of the Presocratics and later Hellenistic thinkers to provide the cultural context for discussion of selected texts of Plato and Aristotle.
Cross-List(s): Classics 2311
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2411      Logic
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An introduction to formal logic from the categorical logic of Aristotle to the first order predicate calculus with emphasis on the problems in translating natural language expressions into symbolic form.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2413      Critical Thinking
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): One FCE in Philosophy at the first year level
Description: A study of reasoning and argument in real-life contexts such as editorials, magazine articles, political speeches, and letters to the editor. The purpose of the course is to foster the ability to think critically and to detect flaws in fallacious arguments.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2511      Biomedical Ethics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Moral issues that arise in the biomedical field, such as euthanasia, informed consent, paternalism, confidentiality, and just distribution of medical resources. Codes of ethics, moral principles, and their relation to moral theories and to specific moral principles.
Cross-List(s): Gerontology 2511
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2512      Philosophy of Sport
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The philosophical problems in sport. What is sport? What is it worth? How should we conduct ourselves when we play sport? Are there kinds of sport which are morally offensive?
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2513      Business Ethics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Ethical problems in business: business and social justice, property rights, wages and profits, the individual in the corporation and the corporation as moral agent. Emphasis is on responsibilities of those in business to shareholders, employers, employees, customers and the environment.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2517      Social and Political Philosophy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A critical enquiry into the basic concepts and principles in classic and contemporary social and political philosophy. Topics include the nature and justification of political obligation, freedom and authority, and the theory of the social contract. Selected writings by such political thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Marx, Rawls and Nozick are examined.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2571      Moral Issues
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Clarification of moral issues such as war, capital punishment, suicide, euthanasia, abortion and poverty. Evaluation of arguments on both sides of the issues. Moral theories and their relation to moral decisions.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2611      Aesthetics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Theories of natural beauty and sublimity, concepts of art and criteria of aesthetic judgement in the thought of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Croce, Heidegger and Wittgenstein.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2614      Early Modern Philosophy I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Philosophy 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: A survey of philosophy in the early modern period up to the Scottish Enlightment. Figures studied may include Galileo, Bacon, Mersenne, Gassendi, Boyle, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Malebranche, Arnauld, Newton, Locke, Leibniz, Bayle, and Berkeley. Emphasis is on the contributions of these figures to that decisive break with the past which characterizes this time period.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have taken Philosophy 2319 previously may not take Philosophy 2614 for credit.
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Philosophy 2615      Early Modern Philosophy II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Philosophy 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: A survey of modern philosophy from the Scottish enlightenment to the nineteenth century. Figures studied may include Volaire, Hume, Reid, Smith, Condillac, Diderot, d'Alembert, Wolff, Herder, Kant and Fichte. Emphasis is on the development, extension and entrenchment of the philosophical ideals of the seventeenth century.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have taken Philosophy 2319 previously may not take Philosophy 2615 for credit.
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Philosophy 2711      Philosophy of Mind
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): At least one course in Philosophy
Description: The principal theories in modern philosophy concerning the nature of the mind, such as dualism, materialism, behaviorism, psycho-analysis, artificial intelligence.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2715      Special Topics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department
Description: A reading and research course for philosophy majors. The specific areas of research to be chosen by the students in consultation with the instructor(s).
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2811      Asian Philosophy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An introduction to the philosophies and religions of India, China and Japan. Selected readings from the major texts of Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism including Zen. Philosophical examination of religious concepts and their contribution to Eastern thought and culture.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2911      Cultural Studies and Postmodernism
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A survey of theoretical debates central to the emergent discipline of cultural studies. Readings will be drawn from works by Marx, Saussure, Freud, Lacan, Adorno, Barthes, Said, Lyotard, Jameson, Baudrillard and Derrida. Themes may include semiology, ideology, subjectivity, postmodernism and gender.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2912      Freud and Philosophy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A critical examination of the culture of psychoanalysis at the end of the "psychoanalytic century". Materials may include novels, poetry, biography, film, theory, and philosophical commentary by Freud and his followers.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 2913      Philosophy and Science Fiction
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The nature of reality, the limits of knowledge, society, personal identity, the good life, and the problem of evil are some of the philosophical topics examined in relation to cinema, short stories, and novels.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 3013      Philosophy of Science and Technology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A survey of contemporary theories of science and relevant philosophical issues: historical considerations, the definition of science, science and truth, science and reality, social and political consequences of science, the relationship between science and technology, the critique of science and technology.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 3175      Epistemology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Philosophy 1100 and permission of the instructor
Description: The major issues in the theory of knowledge: notions of truth and falsity, probability, plausibility, possibility, scepticism, relativism, pragmatism and the sociology of knowledge.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 3217      Introduction to Continental Philosophy I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Existentialism and the phenomenological movement: the foundations of existentialism in the writings of Nietzsche and/or Kirkegaard, Husserl and the phenomenological method, the existentialist writings of Heidegger and Sartre.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 3218      Introduction to Continental Philosophy II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Philosophy 1100 and one additional FCE in philosophy
Description: A survey of key thinkers in European thought from Nietzsche, Benjamin and Kojeve to Lacan, Foucault and Derrida. Topics under consideration may include historicism, emancipation, nihilism, and the philosophy of representation.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 3312      Philosophy of Law
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The fundamentals of law and legal systems: the relation of law to morality and justice, the nature of law, kinds of law and the justifications for different systems of law, the function of law within the nation-state and internationally. Emphasis is on legal theory with some case studies in law.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 3313      Medieval European Thought
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Brief historical treatment of various Latin, Jewish and Arabic thinkers who contributed to the medieval synthesis of Christian religion and Greek philosophy. Discussion of selected texts of Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. Concluding historical treatment of the dissolution of the ideal of synthesis.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 3314      Philosophy of Language
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Selected topics from the late nineteenth century to the present with a focus on such problems as the relationship between language and reality and theories of meaning. Readings will be drawn from works by Russell, Wittgenstein, Saussure, Tarski, Austin, Quine and Davidson.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 3319      Philosophy of Love
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A survey of theories of love, sex and friendship drawing from both historical and contemporary sources in Western philosophy and literature. Included is a review of classic works on the subject from Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Shakespeare and Rousseau as well as a selection of modern views from such writers as Kierkegaard, Flaubert, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Allan Bloom, Michel Foucault and others.
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 3319
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 3330      Film and Contemporary Philosophy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): One FCE in Philosophy
Description: An introduction to 20th century European philosophy through a critical examination of subjectivity and contemporary culture as reflected in film.
Offering: 3-1; or 3-1
Notes: Additional course lab is required.
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Philosophy 3419      Philosophy and Gender
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Examines philosophers and their conceptions of gender, stressing the role such views play within their own philosophy, and the impact these views have had on thought generally. Thinkers from Lao Tzu and Plato to Young, Noddings and Okin.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 3513      Professional Ethics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Critical evaluation of the concept of a profession including the associated concepts of self-regulation and moral principles, the professional-client relationship, duties of confidentiality and truth-telling, codes of ethics and discipline cases, coverups and whistle blowing. A variety of professions will be examined including those traditional professions focused on the relationship between individuals, those where professional activity is corporate, and those whose activity extends into cyberspace.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 3705      Special Topic
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department
Description: A reading and research course for philosophy majors. The specific areas of research to be chosen by the students in consultation with the instructor(s).
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Philosophy 3715      Special Topic
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department
Description: A reading and research course for philosophy majors. The specific areas of research to be chosen by the students in consultation with the instructor(s).
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 3813      Philosophy of Religion
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Philosophical examination of issues such as the definition of religion and religious cults, the existence of God, the problems of sin and evil, personal immortality, religious experience, and mysticism, religious language and the problem of religious pluralism.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 4311      Topics in Ancient Greek Philosophy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Philosophy 2311
Description: Senior seminar on selected topics in Greek Philosophy.
Cross-List(s): Classics 4311
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 4313      Topics in Early Modern Philosophy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Philosophy 2614 or 2615
Description: Senior seminar on topics in early modern philosophy.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 4314      Topics in Anglo-American Philosophy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A half-course in Philosophy at the third or fourth year level
Description: Senior seminar on selected topics in Anglo-American philosophy.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 4317      Topics in Continental Philosophy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Philosophy 3217 or 3218
Description: Senior seminar on selected topics in Continental philosophy.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 4318      Topics in Social and Political Philosophy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Philosophy 2517 or permission of the instructor
Description: Senior seminar on selected topics in Social and Political Philosophy.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Philosophy 4711      History and Philosophy of Socialism
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: See Department of History, Courses, for full course description.
Cross-List(s): History 4711
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Philosophy 4715      Special Topic
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department
Description: A reading and research course for philosophy majors. The specific areas of research to be chosen by the students in consultation with the instructor(s).
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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