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PHIL 491 001 (Seminar)

Seminar for Majors in Philosophy

Selected problems in philosophy, with attention to methods of research. Check with the department for specific topics. Primarily for fourth-year Philosophy Major students, but also open to Philosophy Honours.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Location: Vancouver

Term 1 (Sep 08, 2020 to Dec 03, 2020)

Cr/D/F Grading Change Dates

Last day to change between Credit/D/Fail and percentage grading (grading options cannot be changed after this date): September 21, 2020


Withdrawal Dates
Last day to withdraw without a W standing : September 21, 2020
Last day to withdraw with a W standing
(course cannot be dropped after this date) :
October 30, 2020

TermDay Start TimeEnd TimeBuildingRoom
1 Wed14:0017:00
Instructor: THOMPSON, EVAN
Note: this section is full

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-  Course Description: Times are tough. A year ago, who would have foreseen that we would now be enduring a global pandemic? As of June 2020, nearly 400,000 people have died worldwide, while the livelihoods of billions of people have been disrupted. As I write these words, massive political protests against racism and police violence in the United States and the world beyond are underway. Meanwhile, we face an inescapable, planetary climate emergency. Biodiversity experts warn that it makes deadly disease outbreaks increasingly likely. You might think that philosophy is far removed from such upheavals. But philosophy is often born of crisis and responds to it. Crises can create opportunities to step back and think about how the world came to be the way it is and how it could be different. Although such thinking isn't limited to philosophy, it needs philosophy. The aim of this course is to draw from philosophy and literature to help us think about what we're going through and how we can choose to respond to it. COVID-19 notice: This course will be delivered asynchronously through Canvas. This means that there are no scheduled class meetings. Instead, the content will consist of assigned readings and corresponding short videos (20 minutes). I will hold office hours and drop-in discussion sessions several times a week, again remotely via Canvas. PHIL491 satisfies the Arts research requirement and is restricted to fourth-year philosophy majors. Other students require permission of the instructor.

Book Summary :
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