Philosophy

Study ideas of knowledge, truth, the meaning of life.

Why study Philosphy?

Ask anyone why they study philosophy - in or out of the university - and you'll get many different answers. After all, these are people who study philosophy you're asking! It's clear that increasing numbers of undergraduates are pursuing Philosophy degrees (from the New York Times, 2008), and that there are many different reasons: Some people emphasize the kinds of skills you develop through studying philosophy. Some emphasize the ways a Philosophy major might relate to one's career. Some give a mix of both.

American Philosophical Association’s pamphlet “The Philosophy Major” argues that: “The study of philosophy serves to develop intellectual abilities important for life as a whole, beyond the knowledge and skills required for any particular profession. Properly pursued, it enhances analytical, critical and interpretive capacities that are applicable to any subject-matter, and in any human context. It cultivates the capacities and appetite for self-expression and reflection, for exchange and debate of ideas, for life-long learning, and for dealing with problems for which there are no easy answers. It also helps to prepare one for the tasks of citizenship. Participation in political and community affairs today is all too often insufficiently informed, manipulable and vulnerable to demagoguery. A good philosophical education enhances the capacity to participate responsibly and intelligently in public life.”

Academic Advisor

Dr. Denis Hurtubise, Chair

Telephone: 705-675-1151 or 1-800-461-4030 (x4324)

Email: dhurtubise@laurentian.ca

Office: Room L-734

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

USEFUL LINKS

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The Ontario College of Teachers has recently declared Philosophy a "teachable" subject. his means that university students with a degree in Philosophy are eligible to apply to one of Ontario’s 30 faculties of education. For those who aim for a career in teaching, this is one more reason to become a Philosophy major!www.oct.ca

Canadian Philosophical Association www.acpcpa.ca

Ontario Philosophy Teachers’ Association ontariophilosophy.ca

Philosophy Now. A Magazine of Ideas www.philosophynow.org

TPM Online. The Philosopher’s Magazine www.philosophersnet.com

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

5 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Arts (4 Year) in Philosophy

Total 120 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Specialization in Philosophy

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

   PHIL 1115EL        Introduction to Philosophy
   6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
   6 elective credits in the Sciences
   6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
   6 elective credits

 

Upper Years

   PHIL 2305E          Origins of Western Philosophy

   PHIL 2325E          Reason and Experience in Early Modern Philosophy

   PHIL 2505E          Critical Thinking and Argument

   6 credits from:

                PHIL 3406E          Hegel

                PHIL 3407E          Kant

                PHIL 3436E          Nietzsche

                PHIL 3476E          Existentialism

                PHIL 3486E          Marx and Marxism

                PHIL 3496E          Phenomenology

   6 additional PHIL credits at the 3000 level

   6 PHIL credits at the 4000 level

   18 additional PHIL credits

   36 elective credits

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Major in Philosophy

   PHIL 1115EL        Introduction to Philosophy

   12 credits from:

                PHIL 2305E          Origins of Western Philosophy

                PHIL 2325E          Reason and Experience in Early Modern Philosophy

                PHIL 2505E          Critical Thinking and Argument

   6 credits from:

                PHIL 3406E          Hegel

                PHIL 3407E          Kant

                PHIL 3436E          Nietzsche

                PHIL 3476E          Existentialism

                PHIL 3486E          Marx and Marxism

                PHIL 3496E          Phenomenology

   6 PHIL credits at the 3000 level

   6 PHIL credits at the 4000 level

   6 additional PHIL credits

   78 elective credits*


Notes:

  • In order to get a BA, students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Bachelor of Arts (3 Year) in Philosophy

Total 90 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Concentration in Philosophy

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

   PHIL 1115EL        Introduction to Philosophy
   6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
   6 elective credits in the Sciences
   6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
   6 elective credits

 

Upper Years

   12 credits from:

                PHIL 2305E          Origins of Western Philosophy

                PHIL 2325E          Reason and Experience in Early Modern Philosophy

                PHIL 2505E          Critical Thinking and Argument

   6 PHIL credits from the 3000 level courses

   12 additional PHIL credits

   30 elective credits

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Minor in Philosophy

   PHIL 1115EL        Introduction to Philosophy

   12 credits from:

                PHIL 2305E          Origins of Western Philosophy

                PHIL 2325E          Reason and Experience in Early Modern Philosophy

                PHIL 2505E          Critical Thinking and Argument

   6 PHIL credits at the 3000 or 4000 level

 

Minor in Ethics (24 credits)

   PHIL 1115EL        Introduction to Philosophy

   6 credits from among:
      PHIL 3026 – Feminist Philosophy (3 cr) 
      PHIL 3217 – Philosophy of Nature and the Environment  (3 cr)
      PHIL 3346 – Bioethics: Case Studies (3 cr)
      PHIL 3545 – Moral Philosophy (6 cr)

   12 credits from:

       PHIL 2217 – Environmental Ethics (3 cr); 
       PHIL 2525 – Contemporary Moral Issues (6 cr);
       PHIL 2345 – Bioethics: Human Life Issues (6 cr);
       PHIL 2746 – Communications Media and Values (3 cr);
       PHIL 2747 – Technology, Freedom and Values (3 cr);
       PHIL 2876 – Business Ethics (3 cr); 
       PHIL 2877 – Professional Ethics (3 cr);

Year:

PHIL-1115EL - Introduction to Philosophy PHIL-2126EL - Philosophy of Sexuality PHIL-2156EL - Philosophy, Culture and Power PHIL-2217EL - Environmental Ethics PHIL-2226EL - Philosophy and Literature PHIL-2256EL - Philosophy of Education PHIL-2305EL - Origins of Western Philosophy PHIL-2325EL - Reason and Experience in Early Modern Philosophy PHIL-2345EL - Bioethics: Human Life Issues PHIL-2505EL - Critical Thinking and Argument PHIL-2525EL - Contemporary Moral Issues PHIL-2536EL - Ethical Issues in Contemporary Sport PHIL-2575EL - Philosophy of Law PHIL-2716EL - Philosophy and Film PHIL-2747EL - Technology, Freedom and Values PHIL-2876EL - Business Ethics PHIL-3026EL - Feminist Philosophy PHIL-3217EL - Philosophy of Nature and Environment PHIL-3316EL - Medieval Philosophy
PHIL-3346EL - Bioethics for Health Providers PHIL-3406EL - Hegel PHIL-3407EL - Kant PHIL-3436EL - Nietzsche PHIL-3476EL - Existentialism PHIL-3486EL - Marx, Marxism and Socialism PHIL-3496EL - Phenomenology PHIL-3497EL - Hermeneutics PHIL-3545EL - Moral Philosophy PHIL-3636EL - Philosophy of Religion PHIL-3876EL - Philosophy and Psychology PHIL-3906EL - Topics in Philosophy I: an Historical Approach PHIL-3906EL - Topics in Philosophy I: an Historical Approach PHIL-4006EL - Honours Seminars PHIL-4007EL - Honours Seminars PHIL-4406EL - 20th Century Moral, Political, Social and Legal Theory PHIL-4546EL - Epistemology PHIL-4556EL - Metaphysics PHIL-4805EL - Independent Studies

The Philosophy Programme in French and English is designed, managed, and offered jointly by the Philosophy Departments of Laurentian University and the University of Sudbury.

Alain Beaulieu

Alain Beaulieu

Department of Philosophy
Brett Buchanan

Brett Buchanan

School of the Environment
Gillian Crozier

Gillian Crozier

Department of Philosophy
Denis Hurtubise

Denis Hurtubise

Department of Philosophy
Michael Yeo

Michael Yeo

Department of Philosophy