FACULTY OF HUMANITIES & EDUCATION HANDBOOK 2010–2011
PHIL3130 Business Ethics The course analyses moral questions and problems that arise in contemporary business practice. These relate to problems of equality, social and moral responsibility rights of workers, discrimination, etc.
Philosophy is still a relatively new discipline and a definite consensus has yet to emerge with regard to its content and contours, the question of identity will be a major concern of the course.
PHIL3500 Philosophy and Gender “Gender” as practice, performance and representation has differed for women and men according to race, class and other divisions throughout time. This course examines key issues related to the critical study of gender or the cultural invention and representation of masculinity and femininity. The course will also examine competing feminist theories; for example, liberal feminism, Marxist feminism, radical feminism, socialist feminism and others.
PHIL3510 Philosophy of Sex and Love This course investigates philosophical approaches to love, friendship, marriage, and eroticism in both classical and contemporary philosophy. It involves an investigation of the nature of sex and the nature of love and of the conceptual relationship between sexuality and love. Explored also are the concepts of gender and gender roles, and gender equality. Included is an investigation of social, ethical and legal controversies regarding sexual behaviour, marriage, privacy and metaphysical.
PHIL3802 20th Century Analytic Philosophy The course is intended to cover some of the major figures of 20th Century Analytic Philosophy. A selection will be made from the work of philosophers like Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein (early and late works), Ayer, Quine, and Carnap. Obviously, due to time limitations, not all of them can be discussed in one semester.
PHIL3803 20th Century Continental Philosophy The course is intended to cover some of the major figures of 20th Century Continental Philosophy. They include philosophers like Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Foucault, Derrida and Rorty. Obviously, due to time limitations, not all of them can be discussed in one semester.
PHIL3804 Philosophy of Language The question of what it is to be meaningful is the central concern of Philosophy of Language and this course aims to canvass attempts at delineating the meaning or meanings of meaning. How does language relate to the mind on the one hand and reality on the other?
PHIL3520 Kant and the Post-Kantians This course starts from the attempt by Kant to synthesize elements of rationalism and empiricism in his ‘critical’ philosophy. It considers reactions to Kant’s views by such writers as Hegel and Schopenhauer and concludes with Nietzsche’s rejection of the Kantian project.
PHIL3610 Frege, Husserl and their Progeny Taking up Kantian themes in the work of Frege, this course examines the shared concerns of Frege and Husserl, and the subsequent division of their interests between ‘analytic’ and ‘continental’ thinkers. In the former group the works of Russell, Wittgenstein and Carnap, in particular, will be discussed, while Heidegger, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty’s debt to Husserl will be the focus of the other part of the course.
PHIL3801 African Diaspora Philosophy The course is intended to give an insight into the philosophical heritage of African thought, specifically in terms of its metaphysical and epistemological dimensions. Also, as African and Diasporic
PHIL3805 Philosophy of Psychology Psychology attempts to explain such phenomena as perception, cognition, emotion and language learning. The goal of this course is to find out how such tasks are accomplished by psychology, with an emphasis on its theoretical tenets and methodology. The objective is to enable students to sort out the various ways in which philosophical assumptions appear in, affect, and illuminate psychology, and conversely how psychological insights impress on philosophical problems and positions.
PHIL3806 Cognitive Science Philosophy Philosophy of cognitive science comes under the umbrella of Philosophical Psychology. Basically, cognitive science is predicated on the idea that the mind, or at least some important mental phenomena, can be understood in computational terms. The course is designed to look at the fundamental conception of computationalism and its various ramifications for topics such as folk psychology, the language of thought, modularity of the mind, linguistics, vision, and the notion of content in causal and explanatory contexts.