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Featured Courses in Philosophy

2016 - 2017


Applied Ethics III

Fall semester
Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Professor: Iva Apostolova
Course Code: DPHY 3674

This course will look at the fundamental approaches and methods in applied ethics. It will introduce students to the case study method and emphasize decision-making and decision theory in ethics. The course will also look at effective ethics programs for organizations, ethics codes, professional ethics and other measures and activities in the organizational world.

Iva Apostolova

Bio: Professor Iva Apostolova is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy. Her areas of research include Analytic Philosophy, Epistemology, Feminist Thought, and Applied Ethics. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Philosophy from Sofia University, and her PhD in Philosophy from University of Ottawa. She has been teaching at Dominican University College since 2008. Professor Apostolova has publications which include a textbook on Critical Thinking, as well as articles on euthanasia, women and war, war as play, women's reproductive labour. She is currently working on a monograph on Russell's theory of memory.


History of Ideas I. Ancient Civilization

Fall semester
Fridays, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
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. The 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 SauderBio: Since 2013, Christopher Sauder is an assistant professor in the faculty of philosophy, where he teaches Phenomenology and the History of Metaphysics. After master's studies at the State University of New York, Stony Brook and several years of research in Berlin, as well as the Hegel Archives in Bochum, Christopher Sauder defended his dissertation entitled Movements and Modalities: The Interpretation and Transformation of δ?ναμις and ?ν?ργεια in the Philosophies of Hegel and Heidegger in 2012 at the University of Paris – Sorbonne. He works on Heidegger, Schelling, and the problem of evil, as well as Neo-Platonism and its re-appropriation in contemporary French philosophy. 


Philosophy of Law

Winter semester
Thursdays, 8:30am - 11:30am
Professor: Francis K. Peddle
Course Code: DPHY 3841

This course explores competing philosophical theories of the origin and nature of the law. Positive and natural law primarily will be contrasted, analyzed and critically evaluated within the overall context of the philosophical tradition and the history of philosophy. The goal of the course is to provide some general philosophical frameworks for understanding the nature of law and its relation to ethics, the organization of civil society and the state. On occasion the philosophical analysis of the law will be complemented with practical examples from statutory materials, case law and contemporary legal debates.

Francis Peddle

Bio: Francis K. Peddle, J.D., Ph.D., is currently Vice-President - Academic Affairs at Dominican University College, Ottawa, Canada and Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy. His areas of research and teaching are in the philosophy of law, philosophical economics, German Idealism, ancient philosophy and aesthetics. Dr. Peddle is currently President of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, New York, being first elected in May, 2011. He was also a barrister and solicitor and member of the Law Society of Upper Canada for over twenty-two years. He has appeared before numerous tax commissions and task forces, most notably the Bédard Commission (Montreal,1999), as well as the Federal and Ontario Courts of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Tax Court of Canada and the Assessment Review Board. From 2006 to 2011 he was the Deputy Editor of the International Journal of Social Economics.