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Featured Courses in Philosophy

Winter 2018


Current Issues in Ethics

Monday, 5:30 - 8:30pm | Winter term: January 8 - April 20, 2018
Professor: Wesley Furlotte
Course Code: DPHY 2664

This course serves as a general introduction to the problems of applied ethics. It will propose readings addressing a variety of ethical issues, in society at large, as well as in specialized sectors. Students will survey various issues in ethics, which will enrich their research and understanding in applied ethics.


Science and Ethics

Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:30pm | Winter term: January 8 - April 20, 2018
Professor: Hugh Hunter
Course Code: DPHY 2690

The morality of science has been a debated topic at least since the emergence of modern science. This course examines scientific discourse and practice as presented by philosophy of science. After a survey of some of the main approaches to the justification of scientific theories, such as confirmationism and falsificationism, Thomas Kuhn’s model of scientific revolution, and Paul Feyerabend’s anarchistic position, we will look at the history of scientific ideas, notably through the study of Michel Foucault’s, The Order of Things. We will then explore the intersection of values and ethics to consider the old cliché that “science is fundamentally a-moral” through the study of various cases provided by the professor and the students, such as human experimentation, animal experimentation, stem-cell research, pharmaco-centrism, environmental responsibility and many others. Finally, we will explore research ethics and research ethics bodies in Canada.  


Introduction to Applied Ethics

Wednesday, 5:30 - 8:30pm | Winter term: January 8 - April 20, 2018
Professor: Iva Apostolova
Course Code: DPHY 3660

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 programmes for organizations, ethics codes, professional ethics and other measures and activities in the organizational world. 


History of Ideas: Modern Thought

Tuesday, 1:30 - 4:30pm | Winter term: January 8 - April 20, 2018
Professor: Christopher Sauder
Course Code: DPHY 1113

The Renaissance: its origins. The ideal of liberty and the emergence of humanism. Arts and modern capitalism. The age of princes. Machiavelli: man’s nature and political morality. Reformation and the birth of European States. Lutheranism and absolutism. The age of discoveries and a new conception of the universe. Counter Reformation and constitutionalism: Francisco Suárez and the natural-law theory of State. Society, culture, theater and literature in 16th and 17th centuries. William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes. Science and philosophy: Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton and Rene Descartes. The English revolution: John Locke and the parliamentarian theory. The Enlightenment. The Encyclopedia. Rationalism and sentimentalism: Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Napoleon and the end of the Holy Roman Empire.