FACULTY OF HUMANITIES & EDUCATION HANDBOOK 2010–2011
PHIL1003 Introduction to Philosophy The course aims to introduce students to the methods and materials of philosophy through the exploration of certain fundamental philosophical concerns and problems like the nature of mind and personal identity, free will and determinism, and the existence of God.
PHIL1300 Critical Thinking and Informal Logic This course examines the basic nature of reasoning and focuses on fallacies which obstruct good reasoning. Emphasis will be upon understanding the logical structure of argument and on recognizing the influence of emotional and rhetorical persuasion in media presentations, political discussions, advertisements, general academic writings, and one’s own arguments.
PHIL1903 Greek Philosophy The course is intended to initiate students into the historical precedence to some of the philosophical issues with reference to ancient Greek Philosophy. The major emphasis will be on Plato and Aristotle. The focus will be mainly on metaphysical and epistemological aspects of certain selected texts by those major classical philosophers.
form of good deductive arguments independently from their content. The focus of the course is not on the symbols, but on a rigorous study of the properties of good deductive arguments.
PHIL2200 Crime and Punishment - Issues in Legal Justice This course explores the twinned themes of crime and punishment. Questions to be addressed include: What is crime? What are the causes of crime? What motivates an individual to commit a crime? Who is responsible for criminal activity? Why is a criminal confession so important? What is punishment? What are the rationales for punishment? What is justice? How does punishment measure against the need for human dignity? What roles do culture, class, and gender play in crime and punishment? What biases does one have about these questions, and how does one present his or her views?
PHIL2210 Human Nature and the Good Life in Society This course attempts to chart the development of ideas of human nature and the social and political forms appropriate to its flourishing from Plato up to modern times. The course will deal with historically significant writers such as: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Mill, and Marx, and will place them in relation to the resurgence of the theory of justice associated with the work of John Rawls and others.
PHIL2003 Philosophy of Mind The question ‘What is it to have a mind?’ forms the focal point in Philosophy of Mind, and the objective of this course is to essay and assay various attempts at answering this question.
PHIL2004 Philosophy of Science The course aims to study the philosophical underpinning of scientific activity and to scrutinise such issues as: the old and new riddles of induction, the nature of natural laws, the relation between theory and observation, the function and nature of theoretical terms, the concept of confirmation and its paradoxical implications, under-determination of theory by data, theoretical reduction, and realism versus anti-realism in science.
PHIL2100 Symbolic Logic This course covers the basics of “symbolic” logic, that is, formal logic in which special symbols are used to represent certain logical relationships. The use of such symbols enables one to study the
PHIL2605 African Philosophy This course examines the debate surrounding the history, definition and nature of African Philosophy. It identifies and attempts to answer central questions that most concern contemporary African philosophers. These are questions such as: What is African Philosophy? Is ethno-philosophy really philosophy? Are the contents and methods of African philosophy unique? Can African philosophy and ideas be properly expressed in non-African languages?
PHIL2650 Asian Philosophy This course will examine the major philosophies and philosophers that have been influential in shaping the minds of Asia. Special attention will be given to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Zen-Buddhism. Focus will be on such issues as humanity, justice, self, happiness, authenticity, freedom, harmony, and enlightenment.