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Spring 2009

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In a given academic year at least one course will be offered which will deal with a certain problem or set of problems of concern to contemporary philosophers in the following areas:

34-520. Topics in Ethics and Value Theory

34-521. Topics in Social and Political Philosophy

34-522. Topics in Environmental Philosophy
The course will focus on the conceptual foundations of the human relationship to the natural and built environment. The course may adopt either an historical or contemporary emphasis depending on the decision of the instructor. (May be repeated for credit if content changes and with permission of the instructor.)

34-530. Topics in Gender and Sexuality
The course will focus on the philosophical implications of the impact gender and sexuality have on major epistemological, scientific, normative, and political problems. The specific focus of each year's class will be determined by the instructor. (May be repeated for credit if content changes and with permission of the instructor.)

34-526. Legal Philosophy
The objective of this course is to introduce the student to contemporary issues concerning the philosophy of law. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the presupposed relation of concepts to society. The course will examine such issues as the difference and relation of legitimacy to legality, the relation of legal analysis to social needs, the relation of morality and ethicality to the content of legal rules and legal reasoning (Pre-requisite: Final Year of Honour’s B.A or M.A. Philosophy students only.) (Cross-listed with 34-426)

34-550. Topics in Mind or Knowledge

34-552. Philosophy of Mind

34-560. Movements and Figures in Argumentation Theory and Informal Logic
The course will focus on selected contemporary movements and figures in Argumentation Theory and Informal Logic. The movement and figure studied in any given year will be determined by the latest developments in the field.

34-561. Problems in Argumentation and Informal Logic

34-565. to 34-569. Advanced Seminar: Selected Topics in Philosophy

34-570. Recent German Philosophy
(Cross-listed with 34-470.)

34-571. Recent French Philosophy
(Cross-listed with 34-471.)

34-572. Recent British Philosophy
(Cross-listed with 34-472.)

34-573. Recent American Philosophy
(Cross-listed with 34-473.)


In a given academic year there will be an intensive study of a philosopher or philosophical issue from one or more of the following periods:

34-577. Topics in Continental Philosophy

34-580. to 34-584. Special Topics


The following course must be taken by all M.A. students:

34-590. Departmental Seminar: The History of Philosophy in Perspective
The aim of the seminar is to deepen students' sensitivity to the history of philosophy and help prepare them for the Master's examination in Philosophy. Each year a specific philosophical theme is traced through a number of key figures in the history of thought.


34-796. Major Paper

34-797. Thesis

Note: Students may receive credit for more than one course offered in Groups A and B provided that the emphasis is sufficiently different. Thus, for example, credit may be received for both "34-570 Greek Philosophy: Plato" and "34-570 Greek Philosophy: Aristotle" where these are entirely distinct course offerings.