Department of Philosophy

Jenkins, Ria

ria

Liptay, John

john

Regnier, Daniel
(Department Head)

daniel

Still, Carl
(Dean)

carl

Philosophy is critical and creative thinking about fundamental questions, such as what is meant by a worthwhile life, what sense there is to the universe and what makes a just society. The STM Department of Philosophy also places a special emphasis on promoting a dialogue between reason and faith, reflecting the special role played by philosophy in the history of Catholic thought. These two themes come together in the department’s expertise in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy as well as in its contributions to interdisciplinary minors at the College (Catholic Studies, and Social Justice and the Common Good) and to the Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies program (CMRS).

Students pursuing a major in philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan may complete either the St. Thomas More College philopshy curriculum or the Arts & Science philosophy curriculum. Both programs result in a B.A. in philosophy granted by the Universty of Saskatchewan.

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Philosophy Courses Taught by St. Thomas More College

PHIL 110.6 — 1&2(3L)
Introduction to Philosophy

This course explores some central problems of philosophy through modern and historical texts. Questions covered include: Is the world as you experience it? How do you know what you think you do? Does God exist? What ought we to do? What is beauty? What is a mind? Philosophy proceeds by the presentation and evaluation of reasons for alternative answers to fundamental questions and leads to improved critical, evaluative, and writing skills.

Note: No previous training in philosophy is required or presupposed. Students with credit for PHIL 120 or 133 may not take this course for credit. Students with credit for PHIL 120 or PHIL 133 should take the one they are missing for equivalency to PHIL 110.


PHIL 115.3 — 1/2(3L)
Introductory Indigenous Philosophy

This course introduces students to key concepts in indigenous philosophy, covering the main areas of philosophy such as value theory, the nature and limits of human knowledge, and the fundamental nature of existence. Sample topics include the unique character of Indigenous moral systems, Aboriginal ways of knowing, and the differences between Indigenous and Western European philosophies.

Note: This course may be used in partial fulfillment of the Humanities and General Requirements in most Arts & Science programs. Students may contact the Undergraduate Student Office (student-advice@artsandscience.usask.ca) to ensure the course may be used in their program.


PHIL 120.3 — 1/2(3L)
Knowledge Mind and Existence

This course explores philosophical questions regarding consciousness and personal identity, the nature of reality, knowledge and justification, the existence of God, freedom, and the nature of the self. Philosophy proceeds by the presentation and evaluation of reasons for alternative answers to fundamental questions and leads to improved critical, evaluative, and writing skills.

Note: Students with credit for PHIL 110 may not take this course for credit.


PHIL 133.3 — 1/2(3L)
Introduction to Ethics and Values

This course explores fundamental questions regarding morality, justice, and beauty. Questions covered include: What makes a society just? Do we have obligations regarding what is right? What makes acts good? Are values merely relative? What makes something a work of art? Philosophy proceeds by the presentation and evaluation of reasons for alternative answers to fundamental questions and leads to improved critical, evaluative, and writing skills.

Note: Students with credit for PHIL 110 may not take this course for credit.


PHIL 140.3 — 1/2(3L)
Critical Thinking

An introduction to essential principles of reasoning and critical thinking, designed to introduce the students to the analysis of concepts, to enhance their ability to evaluate various forms of reasoning and to examine critically beliefs, conventions and theories, and to develop sound arguments. Topics include fundamentals of logic and analysis, definition, logical fallacies, and conceptual analysis.

Note: Students with credit for PHIL 240, 241, 243 or CMPT 260 may not take this course for credit. To receive credit for PHIL 140, 240, 241, 243, or CMPT 260, students must take PHIL 140 prior to the above mentioned courses.


PHIL 202.3 — 1/2(3L)
Philosophy of Religion

This course explores philosophical questions regarding religion, such as the existence of God, the problem of evil, religious language, religious experience, faith and reason, and morality and religion.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or completion of 24 credit units at the university.


PHIL 208.3 — 1/2(3L)
Ancient Philosophy Presocratics to Plato

A study of the origins of philosophical reasoning in ancient Greece to its most extensive development in the philosophy of Plato. Classical views of the ultimate nature of reality, the scope and limits of human knowledge, and the grounds for aesthetic and moral evaluations will be examined.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or completion of 24 credit units at the university.


PHIL 209.3 — 1/2(3L)
Ancient Philosophy Aristotle to Plotinus

The development of philosophy in ancient Greece and Rome from the time of Aristotle to the emergence of Christianity. In addition to a survey of several of the most important aspects of Aristotle's philosophy, this course will examine such schools of thought as Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Neoplatonism.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or completion of 24 credits at the university.


PHIL 210.3 — 1(3L)
Medieval Philosophy I From Rome to Baghdad and Paris

The study of major thinkers of the early middle ages, including Augustine, Boethius, Eriugena, Anselm, and Abelard. Background will be provided to Neoplatonic themes that shape this period. Topics include free will, happiness, the existence of God, theories of truth, and the problem of universals.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy.


PHIL 211.3 — 2(3L)
Philosophy and Faith Medieval Philosophy II

The study of major Jewish, Muslim, and Christian thinkers of the high middle ages, including Moses Maimonides, Avicenna, Averroes, Bonaventure, Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham. Background to Aristotle and his tradition will be provided. Topics include the relation of faith and reason, existence and nature of God, human nature, voluntarism, and the critique of metaphysics.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy.


PHIL 212.3 — 1/2(3L)
Medieval Intellectuals

An interdisciplinary examination of major intellectual figures in their historical and philosophical contexts from late antiquity to the end of the middle ages. Themes include the liberal arts tradition, the relation of faith and reason, the emergence of mediaeval science, the rise of Scholasticism, the mystical tradition, and the classical revival.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units of 100-level History or Philosophy.


PHIL 215.3 — 1/2(3L)
19th Century Philosophy From Romanticism to Revolution

The 19th Century is an age of radicalism and reaction and its philosophy responds to the contradictions of its time by asking how we are to live in the world we create, raising critical questions about aesthetics, morals, education, religion, and the state. This course explores the major thinkers of this period from Hegel to Marx, and may include philosophers as diverse as Schopenhauer, Comte, Bentham, Mill, Nietzsche, and James.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or PHIL 120.


PHIL 218.3 — 1/2(3L)
Existentialism

An introduction to 19th and 20th Century existentialist thought from Kierkegaard and Nietzsche to Sartre. Issues to be explored concern the human quest for meaning in existence and include the nature of the human self, truth, freedom, mortality, the significance of God, and the possibility of interpersonal relations.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or completion of 24 credit units at the university.


PHIL 219.3 — 1/2(3L)
Phenomenology

A survey of phenomenological thought, primarily of the early 20th C. This course will include authors such as Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy.


PHIL 224.3 — 1/2(3L)
Philosophy of Sexuality

What counts as sex? Does being in a sexual relationship with one person restrict our interactions with others? Is it ever okay to objectify someone? Should society endorse certain kinds of sexual relationship and not others? The focus is on philosophical perspectives on sex, sexuality, gender, and erotic love as we consider questions such as the nature of sex, perversion, masturbation, orientation and identity, homosexuality, objectification, pornography, prostitution, and other moral and political issues regarding sexuality.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or completion of 24 credit units at the university.


PHIL 226.3 — 1/2(3L)
Environmental Philosophy

Philosophical issues concerning the human relationship with the natural environment, including ethical and political questions about how we interact with the physical world and its inhabitants and about the interpretation of the natural. Topics may include the value and rights of nonhumans, environmental aesthetics, the identification of the "natural," ecotopias, and global environmental justice.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or completion of 24 credit units at the university



PHIL 231.3 — 1/2(3L)
Moral Problems

This course examines a variety of moral issues, such as human sexuality, abortion, euthanasia, war and revolution, environmental ethics and animal rights, and prejudice and discrimination.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or completion of 24 credit units at the university.


PHIL 233.3 — 1/2(3L)
Ethical Theory

What makes an action morally right? Does it depend on what a moral being is? What makes us morally responsible? This course is an investigation of some of the most historically important theories, an examination of their fundamental commitments, and some discussion of contemporary versions of those theories. Philosophers studied will include Aristotle, Kant, and Mill, and others.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or PHIL 133.


PHIL 234.3 — 1/2(3L)
Biomedical Ethics

An examination of contemporary biomedical ethical issues such as the definition of a person, determination of life and death, euthanasia, abortion, prenatal diagnosis and intervention, problems in the physician-patient relationship, reproductive technologies, genetic engineering and accessibility to health care.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or completion of 24 credit units at the university.


PHIL 235.3 — 1/2(3L)
Business and Professional Ethics

An overview of ethical issues related to business enterprises and professional practice, including questions concerning labour relations, preferential hiring, advertising and marketing, as well as questions about responsibility to society, to the organization, and to the profession. The course may also consider theoretical questions concerning free enterprise, forms of business organization, and government controls and regulations.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or completion of 24 credit units at the university.


PHIL 237.3 — 1/2(3L)
Law and Morality

An introduction to philosophical issues regarding law and its relation to morality. Issues to be explored concern the nature and validity of law and the law's proper limits in relation to topics such as freedom of expression, pornography, the definition of family and marriage, civil disobedience, abortion and capital punishment.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or completion of 24 credit units at the university.


PHIL 238.3 — 1/2(2L-1T)
Ethical Issues in Scientific Research

Introduction to ethical issues related to scientific research requiring institutional ethics review and approval. Theoretical approaches in ethics and their relationship to national and institutional guidelines governing research protocol compliance are considered. Topics include Aristotelian, Kantian and Utilitarian ethics, ethical standards in designing research protocols, and protection of research subjects.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or completion of 24 credit units at the univeristy.


PHIL 240.3 — 1(3L)
Aristotelian Logic

The meaning of concept, term, judgement and proposition, categorical and hypothetical reasoning and induction; mathematical logic (Venn diagrams, truth trees, elementary deductions, syllogism). Frequent exercises will be assigned.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or completion of 24 credit units at the university.


PHIL 262.3 — 1/2(3L)
Social and Political Philosophy

An examination of philosophical theories of political organization. Such issues as justice and power, rights, freedom and the public good will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy, history or a social science.



PHIL 271.3 — 1/2(3L)
Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

This course explores basic issues in aesthetics. What is art? Are aesthetic judgments objective or merely subjective matters of taste and feeling? Is it possible to have standards of criticism? Is art fictional and if so can it be true? What is the place of art in human life?

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy, fine arts or literature.


PHIL 294.3 — 2(3L)
Philosophy of Human Nature

A philosophical examination of whether there is a human nature, through both historical and contemporary discussions. Will include topics such as the importance of narrative, biology and evolution, selfishness, gender, race, freedom, and personhood.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or completion of 24 credit units at the university.


PHIL 296.3 — 1/2(3L)
Nature of Material Reality

A study of the philosophy of nature which examines ancient and modern views on the material constitution of bodies, organisms, and persons. Major topics include the nature of substance, the distinction between properties and substances, artifacts and natural things, and the mind-body problems.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units in philosophy or 12 credit units in science.


PHIL 302.3 — 1/2(3L)

Contemporary Philosophy of Religion

A study of major topics in recent analytic and/or continental philosophy of religion. Topics include the rationality of religious belief, the nature of God, religious language, the problem of evil, critiques of religion, and the interface of major world religions.
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units philosophy.

PHIL 312.3 — 1/2(3S)

Great Philosophers I Historical Figures

Detailed reading in the work of a major philosopher such as Aristotle, Hume or Russell.
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units philosophy.

PHIL 313.3 — 1/2(3S)

Great Philosophers II Contemporary Figures

Consists of detailed reading in the work of some major philosophers.
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units philosophy.

PHIL 315.3 — 1/2(3S)

Hegel

A study of Hegel’s approach and contributions to philosophy through a detailed reading of some of his major works.
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units philosophy.

PHIL 319.3 — 1/2(3S)

Topics in Recent Continental Philosophy

Examines specific issues or authors in current continental philosophy. Areas of discussion might include critical theory, aesthetics, or hermeneutics, and authors such as Foucault, Habermas, Derrida, or Gadamer.
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units philosophy.

PHIL 337.3 — 1/2(3S)

Philosophy of Law

A critical examination of attempts to provide theories of the nature of law. This course will examine the debate between legal positivists and natural law theorists, as well as the reaction to this debate (e.g. Dworkin, legal realists, critical legal theorists, and feminists).
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units philosophy.

PHIL 362.3 — 1/2(3S)

Topics in Political Philosophy

The topic, political philosopher, movement or theories studied will vary from year to year.
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units in philosophy or PHIL 262 or POLS 235.

PHIL 396.6 — 1&2(3L)

Metaphysics

Study of philosophical attempts to achieve knowledge of reality beyond the empirical; approached historically in terms of ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary theory; and problematically-in terms of present day concerns, such as space, time, motion, nature, existence, essence, God, soul, mind, idea, freedom, person, death, anxiety and art.
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units philosophy.

PHIL 398.3 — 1/2(3S)

Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

PHIL 399.6 — 1&2(3S)

Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

PHIL 404.3 — 1(3L)

Advanced Problems in Philosophy and Theology

Philosophical aspects of contemporary psychological and theological problems treated at an advanced level. Selected readings in Freud, Jung, Ryle, Merleau-Ponty, Marcel, Ricoeur and others.
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units philosophy.

PHIL 412.3 — 1/2(3S)

Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas I

The philosophy of Aquinas considered in the areas of philosophical theology, metaphysics, and philosophy of nature.
Prerequisite(s): 18 credit units in philosophy.

PHIL 413.3 — 1/2(3S)

Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas II

The philosophy of Aquinas considered in the areas of human nature, epistemology, and ethics.
Prerequisite(s): 18 credit units in philosophy.

PHIL 498.3 — 1/2(3S)

Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

PHIL 499.6 — 1&2(3S)

Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.