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  • Academic title
    Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • Course description
     To complete the degree requirements for the Master of Arts in Philosophy, there are two paths from which to choose:

    1) four half-courses plus a thesis.

    2) eight half-courses plus a major paper.

    Graduate half-courses are thirteen weeks in duration and generally meet three hours per week. Normally, nine or ten graduate courses are offered fall/winter. Individualized courses on a selected topic can also be arranged on a tutorial basis. Students doing the thesis route are permitted only one tutorial half-course for credit; major essay students are allowed two. While the Master's Program is designed to be completed in one year, not all students achieve full completion in this span of time.

    I. Contemporary Studies: Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Marcel, Buber, Scheler, Merleau-Ponty, Gadamer, Foucault, Luhmann or some contemporary European movement such as Structuralism, the Frankfurt School, Post-structuralism: Deleuze, Derrida, Irigiray, Kristeva.

    II. Eastern Studies: Indian Philosophy: Upanishadic thought: texts from the six orthodox schools of Indian philosophy, especially Advaita Vedanta, Early Indian Buddhist traditions, especially Madhyamika schools and Yogacara; Bhakti traditions, Gandhi; Chinese Philosophy, especially Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism.

    III. Comparative Studies: comparison of Eastern and Western traditions with respect to problems of being, knowledge, person, values and philosophical method.

    Fall term (D2)              
    5V03     De Beauvoir                   Prof. Christine Daigle
    5P21     Hegel                             Prof. Athena Colman
    5V32     Vedanta                         Prof. Rohit Dalvi
    5V34     Yogacara and Sartre      Prof. Wink-Cheuk Chan
    Winter term (D3)            
    5V46     Nietzsche and Buddhism     Prof. Ric Brown
    5P20     Kant                                    Prof. Murray Miles
    5V15     Heidegger                           Prof. Raj Singh
    5V07     Foucault                              Prof. Annie Larivée
    5P07     Husserl                                Prof. Rajiv Kaushik

    Students can take up to two graduate tutorials for independent studies on topics of their choice that match the areas of expertise of the faculty members






    Major essay



    PHIL5V03: The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir (Fall 2007)

    Instructor: Prof. Christine Daigle

    We will examine the early essays written by Beauvoir in the forties, among which Pyrrhus et Cinéas and The Ethics of Ambiguity, as well as the key work The Second Sex. This examination will unveil the originality of Beauvoir's existential phenomenology as well as her underlying concern with ethics and liberation for all individuals, a liberation that requires political engagement. While it can be argued that Beauvoir is influenced by Heidegger, Hegel and Husserl in devising her own phenomenological thought, something she shares with Sartre and Merleau-Ponty, it will be shown that her gendered phenomenology solves many of the problems that arise from their philosophies.

    Two books will be required for the course:

    1- Simone de Beauvoir. Philosophical Writings. Edited by Margaret A. Simons, Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois      Press, 2004.

    2- Simone de Beauvoir. The Second Sex. New York: Vintage, 1989.

    PHIL 5V08: Nietzsche and Buddhism (Winter 2008)

    Instructor: Prof. Ric Brown

    Books required:

    Robert G. Morrison, Nietzsche and Buddhism : A Study in Nihilism and Ironic Affinities. Oxford University Press, 1999. Paperback
    Nietzsche: Writings from the Late Notebooks. Cambridge University Press, 2003. Paperback.
    Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught. Grove/Atlantic Press, 1994. Paperback. Recommended reading only.

    Please note. What the Budhha Taught is a text  for PHIL 1F90. Most incoming graduate students are TAs for this introductory course and will be given this text, along with the others being used, gratis.

    For more information on other courses, please contact faculty members

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