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Queen's University
 

200 Level Courses

Course Offerings for 2015-16:

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PHIL 201/3.0 Philosophy and Medicine    3L/S

S. Sismondo  Winter Term (Wed 4:00 - 5:30; Fri 2:30 - 4:00)

PREREQUISITE: Completed 30.0 or more units.

This is a course about diseases, evidence and the practice of medicine. Working closely with empirical examples, we will look at some of the big questions concerning medicine. Topics we will discuss may include:

• What is a disease? How does medicine recognize and diagnose diseases, and how does it decide what counts as treatments for them?

• Given the wide variation of medicine in time and place, what is medicine? Do we finally have it basically right, and if so, how do we know?

• How should we understand current alternative medicine movements and their knowledge claims?

• What is a placebo? Does the placebo effect challenge our standard conceptions of medicine?

• How is medicine shaped by the fact that healthcare is a large part of modern economies? What happens to medical knowledge and practice when big business becomes involved?

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PHIL 203S/3.0  (Online Course) Science and Society

M. Smith Winter Term

This course is offered through Continuing and Distance Studies.  For more information on the content of this course, please go to the following website:  http://www.queensu.ca/artsci_online/courses/science-and-society/winter 

PLEASE NOTE:  Students who have second-year standing/30 units can be registered in this course if space is available.  Please contact PHILUG@queensu.ca and include your full name and student number.   

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PHIL 204/3.0 Life, Death, and Meaning 3L

M. Vossen  Winter Term  (Tues 8:30 - 10:00; Fri 10:00 - 11:30)

PREREQUISITE: 6.0 units in PHIL.  PLEASE NOTE:  Students who have second-year standing/30 units can be registered in this course if space is available.  Please contact PHILUG@queensu.ca and include your full name and student number.   

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PHIL233/3.0  Greek Philosophy 3L

T. Doppelt  Winter Term (Wed 1:00 - 2:30; Fri 11:30 - 1:00)

PREREQUISITE:  A GPA of 2.60 in 6.0 units in PHIL or CLST.

EXCLUSIONS:  no more than 1 course from PHIL232; PHIL233.

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PHIL 247/3.0 Practical Ethics       3L/S

P. Smolenski  Fall Term (Mon 11:30 - 1:00; Thurs 1:00 - 2:30)

PREREQUISITE: 6.0 units in PHIL.  PLEASE NOTE:  Students who have second-year standing/30 units can be registered in this course if space is available.  Please contact PHILUG@queensu.ca and include your full name and student number.   

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PHIL 250/6.0 Epistemology and Metaphysics 3L/S

J. Miller Fall/ M. Smith Winter Term (Mon 1:00 - 2:30; Wed 11:30 - 1:00)

PREREQUISITE: (A GPA of 2.0 in 6.0 units in PHIL) or (A grade of B- in 3.0 units in PHIL and level 2 or above in a COGS plan). 

Fall term:

What is there?  What exists?  What can we know of what there is?  What is it to know, anyway?  These questions will form the locus of our studies in the fall semester.  Our approach to them will be historical.  We will look at a variety of texts from ancient philosophy, starting with the earliest thinkers and ending with Aristotle.  We will see how answers to the questions evolved through time and indeed, how the questions themselves changed.  Reading closely some of the most important works from ancient philosophy, students should acquire a solid understanding of some central problems in metaphysics and epistemology by the end of the semester.

Winter term:

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PHIL 256/3.0 Existentialism 3L

A. Mercier, Fall Term (Mon 8:30 - 10:00; Thurs 10:00 - 11:30)

PREREQUISITE: 6.0 units in PHIL.

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PHIL 257/6.0 Ethics 3L/S

S. Leighton/ R. Kumar Fall-Winter Term (Tues 4:00 - 5:30; Thurs 2:30 - 4:00)

PREREQUISITE: A GPA of 2.0 in 6.0 units in PHIL. 

Passion, Virtue and Happiness:

Term one addresses the moral philosophy of Plato and Aristotle.  Their central question concerns how one should live, and leads us to consider what living well is, whether it requires being a good and virtuous person, and what these are.  Other matters to be considered include, the challenge of moral skepticism, the appropriate roles for the passions, reason, good and bad fortune.

The format of the course will be lecture-discussion.  The aim is to promote reflection on the above matters, and will include trying to come to grips with sometimes difficult texts, the philosophical visions offered, particular claims made, the arguments meant to support them, and (as far as we can tell) the truth about these matters, and the reasons why.

The basis for evaluation will be a mixture of in class exams, and written assignments.

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Reason, Value and Moral Obligation:

Term two:  People attach a great deal of importance to doing the morally right thing. They feel guilty if they fail, and they  blame others when others fail. What explains why people take living morally to be so important? Would we all live better lives if we ceased to care about doing so? Further, though people want to do the morally right thing, they often disagree about what that is. What makes it the case that a certain way of acting is the morally right thing to do? Is it some kind of truth that can be discovered through reason? Or is something the morally right thing to do because of how people feel about? We will explore  some of the most important answers to these questions as through the careful examination of the work of Hume, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche, Moore, Ayer, Steveson and Foot.

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PHIL 259S/3.0 (Online Course) Critical Thinking

N. Salay Fall Term

This course is offered through Continuing and Distance Studies.  For more information on the content of this course, please go to the following website:   http://www.queensu.ca/cds/courses/phil.html  

In this class you will learn how to think critically; you will learn how to evaluate arguments, claims, beliefs, and so on as well as how to make solid arguments of your own.  You will learn how to think clearly, a powerful skill indeed.  Since the complement to thinking clearly is writing clearly, this critical thinking course also includes a writing component.  Many of the assignments require short essay or paragraph-style answers.  These will be marked on content, grammar, and style.  

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PHIL 261/3.0 Philosophy of Mathematics: Adventures in the Abstract    3L/S

M. Smith Fall Term  (Mon 4:00 - 5:30; Wed 2:30 - 4:00)

PREREQUISITE: Completed 30.0 or more units.

Our exploration will be organized around four questions that a satisfactory philosophy of mathematics should answer. First, what is (pure) mathematics about? What is its subject matter? Second, how is mathematical knowledge possible? Does it depend on experience, or is it purely rational or conceptual? Third, how can we explain the applicability of mathematics in science and in everyday life? Finally, what logic is suitable for mathematical thought? Is there just one right logic, or might there be several? What does it mean to say that a mathematical truth has been proved?

We will examine replies to these questions in the work of mostly contemporary philosophers. No background in mathematics is required.

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PHIL 273/3.0 Continental Philosophy, 1800-1900       3L

P. Fairfield Fall Term (Tues 2:30 - 4:00; Fri 4:00 - 5:30)

PREREQUISITE: Completed 30.0  or more units.

This lecture course provides an analysis of key figures and texts in nineteenth-century continental European philosophy. We shall study key works by Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Wilhelm Dilthey. Major themes will include existentialism and hermeneutics. While existentialism is a twentieth-century term, its roots as a philosophical movement lie in the writings of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche in particular. Nietzsche and Dilthey were major figures in hermeneutics or the philosophy of interpretation, and their respective contributions to this field will be a focus in this course. Additional themes will include the critique of modern epistemology and metaphysics, religion and religious morality, and the conditions and limits of human knowledge. The format will be lecture with discussion.

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PHIL 276/3.0 Critical Perspectives on Social Diversity  3L

K. Videchak   Winter Term  (Mon 8:30 - 10:00; Thurs 10:00 - 11:30)

PREREQUISITE: 6.0 units in PHIL at the 100-level or permission of the Department.  PLEASE NOTE:  Students who have second-year standing/30 units can be registered in this course if space is available.  Please contact PHILUG@queensu.ca and include your full name and student number.   

An Introduction to philosophical issues regarding sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, classism, imperialism and other forms of oppression. 

NOTE:  The course is intended to prepare students for upper level courses in feminist philosophy and the philosophy of culture. 

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PHIL 296/3.0 Animals and Society 3L

A. Pepper Winter Term  (Mon 11:30 - 1:00; Thurs 1:00 - 2:30)

PREREQUISITE: Completed 30.0 or more units.

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