Courses

 

Maybe you've wondered about some of the issues that we face as a society.

Or do you think about some more timeless problems?

You might also wonder whether there's more to your mind than just your brainwhat makes art valuable, or how science helps us understand the world. We've thought a lot about these issues, and you can join the conversation in our classes.

View descriptions of all philosophy courses (PHIL) in the UVic Academic Calendar.

Link here to our Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 timetables. Note: these timetables are tentative so please check back regularly.

Note: ONL = online | A = asynchronous | S = synchronous | B = blended (synchronous and asynchronous elements)

Course outlines

Summer 2021

Course # Course title Instructor
PHIL 201

Critical Thinking

May 10 - June 15

fully asynchronous

C. Klatt

(outline)

PHIL 232

Moral Problems of Contemporary Society

May 10 - June 2 MTWRF 10:30-12:20

blended

K. Brown

(outline)

 

Fall 2021

Course # Course title Instructor
PHIL 100 A01 Introduction to Philosophy J. Young

PHIL 100 A02

(ONL - Sx)

 

Introduction to Philosophy

 

S. Woodcock (outline)
PHIL 100 A03 Introduction to Philosophy K. Brown
PHIL 100 A04 Introduction to Philosophy K. Brown

PHIL 201 A01

(ONL - A)

Critical Thinking C. Klatt

PHIL 203 A02

(ONL - A)

Elementary Formal Logic A. Yap (outline)
PHIL 220 A01 Introduction to Philosophy of Science E. Hochstein
PHIL 223 A01 Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Sciences K. Brown (outline)

PHIL 225 A01

(ONL - B)

Death and Dying K. Jahn
PHIL 232 A01 Moral Problems of Contemporary Society T. Heyd (outline)
PHIL 240 A01 Introduction to Philosophy of Art J. Young
PHIL 252 A01 Introduction to Metaphysics M. Raven (outline)
PHIL 260 A01 Introduction to Philosophy of Mind E. Hochstein
PHIL 261 A01 Philosophy of Religion C. Goto-Jones
PHIL 290 A01 Introduction to Selected Topic: Science Fiction and Philosophy E. Kluge (outline)
PHIL 301 A01 Plato C. Roberts (outline)
PHIL 303 A01 Aristotle D. Scott (outline)
PHIL 305A A01 Early Medieval Philosophy C. Roberts (outline)
PHIL 330 A01 Professional and Business Ethics T. Heyd (outline)
PHIL 331 A01 Issues in Biomedical Ethics E. Kluge (outline)

PHIL 333 A01

X ES 314 

Philosophy and the Environment T. Heyd (outline)
PHIL 335 A01 Contemporary Moral Philosophy C. Macleod
PHIL 338 A01 Meta-Ethics S. Woodcock (outline)
PHIL 360 A01 Philosophy and Film N. Belmonte (outline)
PHIL 370 A01 Theoretical Logic A. Yap

PHIL 450 A01

X PHIL 552

Advanced Metaphysics: Based and Baseless Truths M. Raven (outline)

PHIL 460 A01

X PHIL 514

Advanced Philosophy of Mind: On Human Nature: A Study of Raymond Tallis' Explicit Animal D. Scott (outline)

PHIL 490 A01

X PHIL 500

Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Philosophy, Climate and the Anthropocene T. Heyd (outline)

 

Spring 2022

Course # Course title Instructor
PHIL 100 A01 Introduction to Philosophy J. Young
PHIL 100 A02 Introduction to Philosophy S. Woodcock
PHIL 100 A03 Introduction to Philosophy K. Brown
PHIL 100 A04 Introduction to Philosophy K. Brown
PHIL 201 A01 Critical Thinking C. Klatt
PHIL 201 A02 (ONL) Critical Thinking T. Land
PHIL 203 A01 Elementary Formal Logic M. Raven
PHIL 207A A01 Introduction to Ancient Philosophy T. Heyd
PHIL 232 A01 Moral Problems of Contemporary Society T. Heyd
PHIL 232 A02 Moral Problems of Contemporary Society P. Dietsch
PHIL 236 A01 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy C. Holder
PHIL 239 A01 Philosophy and Feminism K. Brown
PHIL 251 A01 Knowledge, Certainty and Skepticism P. Rysiew
PHIL 260 A01 Introduction to Philosophy of Mind E. Hochstein
PHIL 290 A01  Introduction to Selected Topic: Philosophy of Sex, Love and Friendship A. Yap
PHIL 305B A01 Later Medieval Philosophy C. Roberts
PHIL 306 A01 The Rationalists E. Kluge
PHIL 308 A01 The Empiricists J. Young
PHIL 309 A01 Kant T. Land
PHIL 311 A01 Existentialist Thinkers C. Goto-Jones
PHIL 314 A01 19th Century Philosophy N. Belmonte
PHIL 331 A01 Issues in Biomedical Ethics E. Kluge
PHIL 337 A01 Ethics: Theory and Practice S. Woodcock
PHIL 352 A01 Metaphysics M. Raven
PHIL 356 A01  Philosophy of Science E. Hochstein

PHIL 379 A01

(X GRS 379)

Early Greek Thought C. Roberts

PHIL 390 A01

(X PSYC 391)

Topics in Philosophy: Buddhist Philosophy and Psychology C. Goto-Jones
PHIL 390 A02 Topics in Philosophy: TBA R. Tonkin
PHIL 427 A01 Advanced Studies in Early Modern Philosophy: Thomas Reid P. Rysiew
PHIL 433 A01  Advanced Social and Political Philosophy: The Equity-Efficiency Trade-Off P. Dietsch
PHIL 436 A01 Advanced Philosophy of Law: International Human Rights C. Holder (PCIS)

Spring 2021

Course #

Course title

Instructor

PHIL 100

Introduction to Philosophy

 J. Young (outline)

PHIL 100

Introduction to Philosophy

 S. Woodcock (outline)

PHIL 100

Introduction to Philosophy

 K. Brown (outline)

PHIL 100

Introduction to Philosophy

 K. Brown (outline)

PHIL 201

Critical Thinking

 C. Klatt (outline)

PHIL 203

Elementary Formal Logic

 M. Raven (outline)

PHIL 207A

Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

 T. Heyd (outline)

PHIL 211

Introduction to Existentialism

 N. Belmonte (outline)

PHIL 232

Moral Problems of Contemporary Society

 T. Heyd (outline)

PHIL 235

Ethics of Violence, War and Terrorism

 A. Yap (outline)

PHIL 236

Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy

 C. Holder (outline)

PHIL 239

Philosophy and Feminism

 K. Stockdale (outline)

PHIL 308

The Empiricists

 J. Young (outline)

PHIL 309

Kant

 T. Land (outline)

PHIL 331

Biomedical Ethics

 E. Hochstein (outline)

PHIL 336

Philosophy of Law

 C. Holder (outline)

PHIL 337

Ethics: Theory and Practice

 S. Woodcock (outline)

PHIL 351

Epistemology

 P. Rysiew (outline)

PHIL 354

Philosophy of Language

 M. Raven (outline)

PHIL 358

Theory of Perception

 P. Rysiew (outline)

PHIL 390

Selected Topics: Hellenistic Philosophy: Epicureans, Stoics & Skeptics

 C. Roberts (outline)

PHIL 490

X PHIL 500 (A01)

Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Plato’s Republic

 C. Roberts (outline)

PHIL 490

X PHIL 500 (A02)

Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Conceptualizing and Categorizing Phenomena in Science

 E. Hochstein (outine)

PHIL 490

X PHIL 500 (A03)

Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Hope and Despair

 K. Stockdale (outline)

 

Fall 2020

Course  Instructor
PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy James Young (outline)
PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy Scott Woodcock (outline)
PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy Karen Brown (outline)
PHIL 201: Critical Thinking Carrie Klatt (outline)
PHIL 201: Critical Thinking Thomas Land (outline)
PHIL 203: Elementary Formal Logic Audrey Yap (outline)
PHIL 223: Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Sciences Karen Brown (outline)
PHIL 225: Death and Dying Katie Stockdale (outline)
PHIL 232: Moral Problems of Contemporary Society Scott Woodcock (outline)
PHIL 240: Introduction to Philosophy of Art Thomas Heyd (outline)
PHIL 251: Knowledge, Certainty and Skepticism Patrick Rysiew (outline)
PHIL 260: Introduction to Philosophy of Mind Eric Hochstein (outline) 
PHIL 301: Plato  Clifford Roberts (outline)
PHIL 303: Aristotle David Scott (outline)
PHIL 306: The Rationalists David Scott (outline)
PHIL 316: History of Analytic Philosophy Michael Raven (outline)
PHIL 321: Philosophy of Medicine Eric Hochstein (outline)
PHIL 330: Professional and Business Ethics Thomas Heyd (outline)
PHIL 331: Issues in Biomedical Ethics Katie Stockdale (outline)

PHIL 333: Philosophy and the Environment

X ES 314

Thomas Heyd (outline)

PHIL 335: Contemporary Moral Philosophy

Colin Macleod

PHIL 339: Theories of Justice

Cindy Holder (outline)

PHIL 352: Metaphysics

Michael Raven (outline) 

PHIL 360: Philosophy of Film

Nina Belmonte (outline) 

PHIL 371: Logic

Audrey Yap  (outline) 

PHIL 379: Early Greek Thought

X GRS 379

Clifford Roberts (outline)
PHIL 390: Wittgenstein Patrick Rysiew (outline)

PHIL 440: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Advanced Aesthetics

X PHIL 541

James Young (outline)

PHIL 451: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Mind and World

X PHIL 551

Thomas Land (outline)

PHIL 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Self-Determination of Peoples

X PHIL 500

X LAW 343

Cindy Holder (outline)

 

Summer 2020

Course Instructor
PHIL 201: Critical Thinking Di Yang (outline)
PHIL 232: Moral Problems of Contemporary Society Karen Brown (outline)

 

Spring 2020

Course Instructor

 PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy

 Brown (outline)

PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy

Scott (outline)

PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy

Young (outline)

PHIL 201: Critical Thinking

Klatt (outline)

PHIL 203: Elementary Formal Logic

Raven (outline)

PHIL 207: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

Heyd (outline)

PHIL 232: Moral Problems of Contemporary Society

Heyd (outline)

PHIL 235: Ethics of Violence, War, and Terrorism

Holder (outline)

PHIL 239: Philosophy and Feminism

Stockdale (outline)

PHIL 240: Philosophy of Art

Young (outline)

PHIL 251: Knowledge, Certainty and Skepticism

Rysiew (outline)

PHIL 260: Philosophy of Mind

Hochstein (outline)

PHIL 290: Philosophy and Science Fiction

Kluge (outline)

PHIL 303: Aristotle

Roberts (outline)

PHIL 309: Kant

Yap (outline)

PHIL 311: Existentialist Thinkers: Nietzsche

Belmonte (outline)

PHIL 331: Issues in Biomedical Ethics

Kluge (outline)

PHIL 337: Ethics: Theory and Practice

Brown (outline)

PHIL 352: Metaphysics

Yang (outline)

PHIL 358: Theory of Perception

Rysiew (outline)

PHIL 360: Philosophy & Film

Belmonte (outline)

PHIL 370: Theoretical Logic

Yap (outline)

PHIL 379: Early Greek Thought

Roberts (outline)

PHIL 460: Advanced Philosophy of Mind: Raymond Tallis' Explicit Animal

Scott (outline)

PHIL 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Blame, Anger, and Forgiveness

Stockdale (outline)

PHIL 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Philosophy of Psychiatry

Hochstein (outline)

 

Fall 2019

Course Instructor
PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy

Brown (outline)

PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy

Scott (outline)

PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy

Young (outline)

PHIL 201 Critical Thinking

Klatt (outline)

PHIL 201 Critical Thinking

Hochstein (outline)

PHIL 203: Elementary Formal Logic

Yap (outline)

PHIL 208: Introduction to Islamic Philosophy

Kluge (outline)

PHIL 211: Existentialism

Belmonte (outline)

PHIL 220: Introduction to Philosophy of Science

Brown (outline)

PHIL 225: Death and Dying Stockdale (outline)
PHIL 232: Moral Problems of Contemporary Society Woodcock (outline)
PHIL 232: Moral Problems of Contemporary Society Heyd (outline)
PHIL 236: Introduction to Social & Political Philosophy Holder (outline)
PHIL 252: Introduction to Metaphysics

Raven (outline)

PHIL 260: Introduction to Philosophy of Mind

Hochstein (outline)

PHIL 301: Plato Roberts (outline)
PHIL 306: The Rationalists

Scott (outline)

PHIL 308: The Empiricists Young (outline)
PHIL 330: Professional & Business Ethics

Heyd (outline)

PHIL 331: Issues in Biomedical Ethics

Kluge (outline)

PHIL 333 x ES 314: Philosophy and the Environment

Heyd (outline)

PHIL 335: Contemporary Moral Philosophy Macleod (outline)
PHIL 338: Meta-Ethics

Woodcock (outline)

PHIL 351: Epistemology Rysiew (outline)
PHIL 426: Major Figures in Ancient Philosophy: Stoicism: Metaphysics and Epistemology Roberts (outline)
PHIL: 427: Advanced Studies in Early Modern Philosophy: Thomas Reid Rysiew (outline)

PHIL 462: Advanced Philosophy of Language: Language and Attitude Problems

Raven (outline)

  

Spring 2019  

Course Instructor
Phil 201 Critical Thinking

Klatt (outline)

Phil 203: Elementary Formal Logic

Raven (outline)

Phil 225: Death and Dying Jahn (outline)
Phil 232: Moral Problems of Contemporary Society Heyd (outline)
Phil 236: Introduction to Social & Political Philosophy Jahn (outline)
Phil 238: Philosophy of Literature

Belmonte

Phil 239: Philosophy and Feminism

Yap (outline)

Phil 251: Knowledge, Certainty and Skepticism

Rysiew (outline)

Phil 260: Introduction to Philosophy of Mind

Barnes (outline)

Phil 303: Aristotle Cameron
Phil 309: Kant

Land (outline)

Phil 311: Existentialist Thinkers Barnes (outline)
Phil 314: 19th Century Philosophy

Land (outline)

Phil 321: Philosophy of Medicine

Kluge (outline)

Phil 331: Issues in Biomedical Ethics

Kluge (outline)

Phil 333 x ES 314: Philosophy and the Environment

Heyd (outline)

Phil 336: Philosophy of Law Holder (outline)
Phil 337: Ethics: Theory and Practice

Woodcock

Phil 356: Philosophy of Science Hochstein (outline)
Phil 358: Theory of Perception
Rysiew (outline)
Phil 362: Philosophy of Mind

Barnes (outline)

Phil 371: Logic
If you do not have the prerequisites for this course, please contact the department

Yap (outline)

Phil 383: Life and Times of Socrates Roberts
Phil 450: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Advanced Metaphysics Raven (outline)
Phil 490 (x Law 343, 4 seats): Advanced Topics in Philosophy: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Holder (outline)
Phil 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: A Study in Philosophy of Religion: C.A. Campbell's "On Selfhood and Godhood"

Scott (outline)

Phil 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Why Use Pictures? The Role of Images and Visual Representations in Science

Hochstein (outline)

Fall 2018 

Course Instructor
Phil 100: Intro To Philosophy

Jahn  (A01 outline)

Scott (A02 outline)

Brown (A03 outline)

Brown (A04 outline)

Jahn (A05 outline)

Phil 201 Critical Thinking

Klatt (outline)

Hochstein (outline)

Land (outline)

Phil 203: Elementary Formal Logic

Yap (outline)

Phil 207A: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

Heyd (outline)

Phil 211: Introduction to Existentialism

Barnes (outline)

Phil 220: Introduction to Philosophy of Science

Hochstein (outline)

Phil 232: Moral Problems of Contemporary Society

Woodcock (outline)

Heyd (outline)

Phil 235: Ethics of Violence, War and Terrorism

Jahn (outline)

Phil 252: Introduction to Metaphysics

Raven (outline)

Phil 260: Introduction to Philosophy of Mind

Barnes (outline)

Phil 301: Plato

Roberts (oiutline)

Phil 305A: Early Medieval Philosophy

Kluge (outline)

Phil 306: The Rationalists

Scott (outline)

Phil 308: The Empiricists

Rysiew (outline)

Phil 330: Professional and Business Ethics

Heyd (outline)

Phil 331: Issues in Biomedical Ethics

Kluge (outline)

Phil 335: Contemporary Moral Philosophy

Brown (outline)

Phil 352: Metaphysics

Raven (outline)

Phil 360: Philosophy of Film

Belmonte 

Phil 451: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Social Epistemology Rysiew (outline)
Phil 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Speech, Power, and Harm

Yap (outline)

Phil 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: How to Get Everything From Just One Thing: Plotinus' Metaphysical Monism

Roberts (outline)

Summer 2018

Course Instructor
Phil 201 Critical Thinking

Klatt (outline)

Phil 203: Elementary Formal Logic

Klatt (outline)

Phil 232: Moral Problems of Contemporary Society

Brown (outline


Spring 2018

Course Instructor
Phil 201 Critical Thinking

Roberts (outline) 
Hochstein (outline)

Phil 203: Elementary Formal Logic Raven (outline)
Phil 208: Introduction to Arabic Philosophy Kluge (outline)
Phil 211: Introduction to Existentialism Belmonte (outline)
Phil 232: Moral Problems of Contemporary Society Woodcock (outline)
Phil 239: Philosophy and Feminism Yap (outline)
Phil 260: Introduction to Philosophy of Mind Barnes (outline)
Phil 308: The Empiricists Young (outline)
Phil 309: Kant Jahn (outline)
Phil 314: 19th Century Philosophy Belmonte (outline)
Phil 330: Professional and Business Ethics Heyd (outline)
Phil 331: Issues in Biomedical Ethics Kluge (outline)
Phil 333 x ES 314: Philosophy and the Environment Heyd (outline)
Phil 335: Contemporary Moral Philosophy Brown (outline)
Phil 337: Ethics: Theory and Practice Woodcock (outline)
Phil 338: Meta-Ethics Macleod (outline)
Phil 351: Epistemology Rysiew (outline)
Phil 352: Metaphysics Raven (outline)
Phil 362: Philosophy of Mind Barnes (outline)
Phil 370: Theoretical Logic Yap (outline)
Phil 390: Killing in War Jahn (outline)
Phil 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Thomas Reid Rysiew (outline)
Phil 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: A Study in Philosophy of Religion: C.A. Campbell's "On Selfhood and Godhood" Scott (outline)
Phil 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Categorizing and Conceptualizing Phenomena in Science Hochstein (outline)
Phil 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy Roberts (outline) 

Fall 2017

Course Instructor
Phil 100: Intro To Philosophy

Jahn (outline)

Scott (outline)

Brown (outline) 

Young (outline)

Phil 201 Critical Thinking

Roberts (outline)

Klatt (outline)

Klatt (outline)

Phil 203: Elementary Formal Logic Yap (outline)
Phil 232: Moral Problems of Contemporary Society

Woodcock (outline)
Heyd (outline)

Phil 235: Ethics of Violence, War and Terrorism Jahn (outline)
Phil 240: Philosophy of Art Heyd (outline)
Phil 251: Knowledge, Certainty, and Skepticism Rysiew (outline)
Phil 252: Introduction to Metaphysics Raven (outline)
Phil 260: Introduction to Philosophy of Mind Barnes (outline)
Phil 261: Philosophy of Religion Barnes (outline)
Phil 301: Plato Roberts (outline)
Phil 303: Aristotle Scott (outline)
Phil 306: The Rationalists Kluge (outline)
Phil 316: History of Analytic Philosophy Raven (outline)
Phil 330: Professional and Business Ethics Heyd (outline)
Phil 331: Issues in Biomedical Ethics Kluge (outline)
Phil 356: Philosophy of Science Hochstein (outline)
Phil 358: Theory of Perception Rysiew (outline)
Phil 440: Advanced Topics in Philosophy Young (outline)
Phil 490 (x with Law 343): Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Race and Social Identity Yap (outline)
Phil 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Topics in Ethics Woodcock

Summer 2017

Course Instructor
Phil 100: Intro To Philosophy Brown (outline)
Phil 201: Critical Thinking Klatt (outline)
Phil 203: Elementary Formal Logic Klatt (outline)
Phil 232: Moral Problems of Contemporary Society  Brown (outline)

Spring 2017

Course Instructor

 

Phil 201 Critical Thinking

Klatt (outline)

Roberts (outline)

Phil 203: Elementary Formal Logic Klatt 
Phil 210: Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy Scott (outline)
Phil 220: Introduction to Philosophy of Science Brown (outline)
Phil 223: Philosophy of the Social Sciences Brown (outline)
Phil 232: Moral Problems of Contemporary Society Heyd (outline)
Phil 235: Ethics of Violence, War, and Terrorism Jahn (outline)
Phil 240: Introduction to Philosophy of Art Young (outline)
Phil 260: Introduction to Philosophy of Mind Barnes (outline)
Phil 290: Introduction to Selected Topics: Philosophy and Science Fiction Kluge (outline)
Phil 309: Kant Jahn (outline)
Phil 311: Existentialist Thinkers Barnes (outline)
Phil 314: 19th Century Philosophy Belmonte (outline)
Phil 330: Professional and Business Ethics Heyd (outline)
Phil 331: Issues in Biomedical Ethics Kluge (outline)
Phil 333: Philosophy and the Environment Heyd (outline)
Phil 335: Moral Philosophy Macleod (outline)
Phil 337: Ethics: Theory and Practice Woodcock (outline)
Phil 352: Metaphysics Raven (outline)
Phil 362: Philosophy of Mind Barnes (outline)
Phil 375: Philosophy of Mathematics Yap (outline)
Phil 390: Selected Topics in Philosophy: International Law Holder (outline)

Phil 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Ethics and Epistemology
in Hellenistic Philosophy 
  

Roberts

Phil 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Naive Metaphysics    

Raven (outline)
Phil 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: A Study of C.A. Campbell’s On Selfhood and Godhood   Scott  (outline)
Phil 490: Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Epistemic Injustice

Yap (outline)