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  • Objectives
    A major focal point is interdisciplinary research and teaching in two main areas: moral, social & political philosophy, and philosophy of mind and language.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • Course description
    The specific program requirements for master's candidates are the following:

        * PHIL 5800;
        * A thesis equivalent to 2.0 credits, which must be defended at an oral examination; or a research essay equivalent to 1.0 credit;
        * 2.0 credits (or 3.0 in the case of students following the research essay option), (including up to 1.0 credit by tutorial), in at least three of the following study areas: studies in the history of philosophy; studies in the work of an individual philosopher; studies in logic, epistemology, or metaphysics; studies in selected problems in philosophy.

    Tutorial Courses

    PHIL 5004 [0.5 credit]
        Tutorial in the History of Philosophy I
        Detailed study of a period or issue in the history of philosophy.
    PHIL 5005 [0.5 credit]
        Tutorial in the History of Philosophy II
        Detailed study of a period or issue in the history of philosophy.
    PHIL 5104 [0.5 credit]
        Tutorial in the Work of an Individual Philosopher I
        A critical and systematic study of the work of an individual philosopher.
    PHIL 5105 [0.5 credit]
        Tutorial in the Work of an Individual Philosopher II
        A critical and systematic study of the work of an individual philosopher.
    PHIL 5204 [0.5 credit]
        Tutorial in Logic, Epistemology, or Metaphysics I
        An attempt to find a solution to a specific problem in logic, epistemology, or metaphysics.
    PHIL 5205 [0.5 credit]
        Tutorial in Logic, Epistemology, or Metaphysics II
        An attempt to find a solution to a specific problem in logic, epistemology, or metaphysics.
    PHIL 5304 [0.5 credit]
        Tutorial in Selected Problems of Philosophy I
        An attempt to find a solution to a specific problem in some area other than logic, epistemology, or metaphysics.
    PHIL 5305 [0.5 credit]
        Tutorial in Selected Problems of Philosophy II
        An attempt to find a solution to a specific problem in some area other than logic, epistemology, or metaphysics.

    Seminar Courses


    PHIL 5200 [0.5 credit]
        Topics in Philosophy of Mind or Philosophy of Language
        A detailed study of an issue or the work of selected philosophers in the general area of philosophy of mind and/or philosophy of language.  Topics may vary from year to year.  Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as PHIL 4210 or PHIL 4220 , for which additional credit is precluded.

    PHIL 5250 [0.5 credit]
        Topics in Logic, Epistemology, Metaphysics or Philosophy of Science
        A detailed study of an issue or the work of selected philosophers in the general areas of logic, epistemology, metaphysics or philosophy of science. Topics may vary from year to year.   Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as PHIL 4230, for which additional credit is precluded when topics are the same.

    PHIL 5300 [0.5 credit]
        Topics in Value Theory
        A detailed study of an issue or the work of selected philosophers in the general area of value theory. Topics may vary from year to year.  Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as PHIL 4300, for which additional credit is precluded when topics are the same.

    PHIL 5350 [0.5 credit]
        Topics in Ethics or Political Philosophy
        A detailed study of an issue or the work of selected philosophers in the general areas of ethics or political philosophy. Topics may vary from year to year.   Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as PHIL 4320 or PHIL 4330, for which additional credit is precluded when topics are the same.

    PHIL 5500 [0.5 credit]
        Topics in Contemporary Philosophy
        A detailed study of an issue or the work of selected philosophers in contemporary philosophy. Topics may vary from year to year.  Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as PHIL 4007 or PHIL 4008, for which additional credit is precluded when topics are the same.

    PHIL 5600 [0.5 credit]
        Topics in the History of Philosophy
        A detailed study within the history of philosophy: a period, an issue or the work of selected philosophers. Topics may vary from year to year.  Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as PHIL 4003, PHIL 4004, PHIL 4005, or PHIL 4006, for which additional credit is precluded when topics are the same.

    PHIL 5800 [1.0 credit]
        Graduate Seminar
        The first term will be devoted to a single issue or group of interrelated issues. In the second term, a variety of topics will be discussed. Issues covered in this course will vary from year to year.

    PHIL 5908 [1.0 credit]
        Research Essay

    PHIL 5909 [2.0 credits]
        M.A. Thesis

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