Featured Courses in Philosophy | Dominican University College

Featured Courses in Philosophy

Fall 2017 (September - December)


Introduction to Philosophy

Monday, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Professor: Jean-François Méthot
Course Code: DPHY 1100

This course will initiate students into the universe of philosophers and philosophy through the study of fundamental texts of the Western philosophical traditions. The emphasis will be on the study of the nature, scope and necessity of philosophical inquiry as an intellectual endeavour, distinct from other disciplines, namely theology and science. We will also discuss some philosophical problems, such as human knowledge and freedom.

Jean-François Méthot

Bio: Jean-François Méthot is professor of philosophy at Dominican University College, with a particular interest in philosophy of language, epistemology, applied ethics, and modern philosophy.


Ancient Greek Philosophy

Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30 - 11:30am
Professor: Francis K. Peddle
Course Code: DPHY 1210

This course is divided into four parts. (1) The Pre-Socratics: a discussion beginning with the Ionians, moving to Parmenides and Heraclitus, and touching upon the Atomists, Empedocles, Anaxagoras, the Pythagoreans, and the Sophists. (2) Socrates and Plato. (3) Aristotle (and touching upon the Stoics, Cynics, Epicureans). (4) Neo-Platonism. Most attention is paid to Plato and Aristotle.  

Francis Peddle

Bio: Francis Peddle is Vice-President, Academic Affairs and Registrar, as well as professor of philosophy at Dominican University College. His fields of interest lie at the intersection of philosophy, law, and economics. He teaches on Ancient Greek philosophy, German philosophy, philosophy of law, and philosophy of economics.


History of Ideas I : The Rise of Ancient Civilisation

Wednesday, 8:30 - 11:30am
Professor: Christopher Sauder
Course Code: DPHY 1111

From Prehistory to History. Ancient Egypt: monarchy and social structures. The immortality of the soul. The kingdoms of Mesopotamia: Sumerians and Amorites. The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Code of Hammurabi. The universal empire of Persia. Zoroastrianism. Ancient Greece: the political structures of the Mycenaean Society. The Iliad and the Odyssey. The notion of Polis. Athens: democracy and social knowledge. The Sophists. Politics in Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. The educative ideas of Isocrates. Rome: the idea of a universal empire. Rome and the laws. The philosophical ideas of Cicero and Seneca. 

Christopher Sauder

Bio: Christopher Sauder is an assistant professor of philosophy at DUC. He gives courses on phenomenology and the history of metaphysics. He received is doctorate from l'Université Paris-Sorbonne in 2012. He currently performs research on Heidegger and Schelling, as well as on neoplatonism and its interpretation in contemporary philosophy.


The Main Doctrinal Currents in the Middle Ages

Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Professor: To be determined
Course Code: DPHY 1211

This course will study the transformations of the ancient heritage (Saint Augustine, the pseudo-Dionysius, Boethius); the leading thinkers and schools of the XIth and XIIth centuries; the translations of Aristotelian, Arab and Jewish works; the high points of Scholasticism in the XIIIth century (Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus); and Ockham’s nominalism, in the XIVth century.