[Department of Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan, 100 Years]

Graduate Programs


Not all courses are offered every year. For current course offersings see below. To search all U of S graduate course offerings consult the University Course Calendar.

PHIL 808.3 – Topics in Greek and Roman Philosophy 1/2(3S)
PHIL 813.3 – Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century Philosophy 1/2(3S)
PHIL 814.3 – Kant 1/2(3S) 
PHIL 815.3 – Topics in 19th-Century Philosophy 1/2(3S)
PHIL 816.3 – Topics in Contemporary European Philosophy 1/2(3S)
PHIL 817.3 – Topics in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy 1/2(3S)
PHIL 818.3 – Topics in Contemporary American Pragmatism 1/2(3S)
PHIL 819.3 – Wittgenstein 1/2(3S)
PHIL 820.3 – Philosophical Texts 1/2(3S) 
PHIL 826.3 – Seminar in Philosophy of Mind 1/2(3S)
PHIL 833.3 – Seminar in Ethics 1/2(3S)
PHIL 842.3 – Topics in Philosophical Logic 1/2(3S)
PHIL 844.3 – Seminar in Epistemology 1/2(3S)
PHIL 845.3 – Seminar in Metaphysics 1/2(3S)
PHIL 846.3 – Seminar in the Philosophy of Language 1/2(3S)
PHIL 851.3 – Seminar in the Philosophy of Science 1/2(3S)
PHIL 862.3 – Seminar in Social and Political Philosophy 1/2(3S)
PHIL 871.3 – Seminar in Aesthetics 1/2(3S)

PHIL 990 Seminar
This seminar meets every two weeks throughout both terms of the regular academic year. Under the direction of a faculty member of the department, graduate students study current literature on selected topics and also present papers on their research projects. All graduate students in Philosophy are required to attend this seminar throughout their program and are expected to present at least one paper to the seminar every year. 

PHIL 994 Research
All Masters students taking the thesis-based option must register for this course in every term.

Maintenance of Status
All Masters' students taking the course-based option must register for "Maintenance of Status" for every term in which they are not registered in a course for credit.

GSR 960 Introduction to Ethics and Integrity
All graduate students are required to register for this short online course upon commencing their programs. The purpose of this course is to discuss ethical issues that graduate students may face during their time at the university. The five modules in GSR 960 look at general issues for graduate students including integrity and scholarship, graduate student–supervisor relationships, conflict of interest, conflict resolution, and intellectual property and credit.


Graduate Courses for 2013-2014

Term 1

PHIL 817 -- Topics in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy

MW 9:30 -10:50
Eric Dayton

Analytic Philosophy as it developed over the 20 century is a sprawling, complex, cluster of positions with broad affinities and family resemblances to each other. Our Historical survey will necessarily be selective and will cover roughly 1905 to 1975. We will start with Russell’s logical atomism and Moore’s common sense realism in the first decades of the century, broadening out to logical empiricism in Ayer, the early Wittgenstein, and Carnap then the emergence of ordinary language philosophy under the influence of the later Wittgenstein, Ryle, and Austin and then the synthesis of pragmatism and naturalism in Quine, Sellars, and Davidson, and the lasting effects of developments in symbolic logic on philosophical analysis. A fundamental aim of the course will be to illuminate current philosophical analysis by looking at major currents in its development.

PHIL 819 -- Wittgenstein

TR 10:00 - 11:20
Phil Dwyer

The course will be devoted primarily to the discussion of the later Wittgenstein's great work Philosophical Investigations. After some preliminary consideration of Wittgenstein's earlier views we will examine the Investigations' radical critique of those earlier views, especially as they engage the following issues: the relation of language to reality, the nature of linguistic meaning, understanding and rule-following, and the possibility or not of a 'private language'. The metaphysical implications of the so-called 'private language argument', that is to say, its implications for large issues like realism vs. idealism and the mind-body problem will receive special attention.

PHIL 990 -- Graduate Seminar (T1 & T2)

T 4:00 - 5:20 PM (bi-weekly)

This seminar meets every two weeks throughout both terms of the regular academic year. Under the direction of Sarah Hoffman, graduate students study current literature on selected topics, and in Term 2 present some of their own work or research in progress.

GSR 960-- Introduction to Ethics and Integrity

All first year graduate students are required to complete this online course


Term 2

PHIL 813 -- Topics in 17th and 18th Century Philosophy

Passion and desire in early modern philosophy, from Descartes to Hume.

MW 1:00 - 2:20
Leslie Howe

PHIL 833 -- Seminar in Ethics

TR 11:30 - 12:50
Emer O'Hagan

Metaethics is the philosophical study of the concepts employed in our commonplace use of moral (and related normative) terms such as: obligation, reasons for action, moral truth and falsity, and justification.  Hence in metaethics we ask questions such as: are moral obligations real?  Are all reasons for action subjective?  Are there any moral truths?  What, if anything, justifies a moral judgement?  In this course we will study these sorts of foundational questions by studying Christine Korsgaard’s Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity, and Integrity. Korsgaard offers an account of the foundation of practical reason and moral obligation that ties standards of action to the development of a unified self, arguing that morally good action serves the function of action which is self-constitution.  We will evaluate Korsgaard’s position by studying some of the critical responses to her work.

PHIL 845 -- Seminar in Metaphysics

MWF 11:30 – 12:20
Daniel Regnier

This course will be structured as a diptych. The first half will be devoted to ancient philosophy, the second to 20th-century thought. In the first half of the course we will read parts of Aristotle’s Metaphysics with a view to engaging in the traditional debate concerning what Aristotle, in fact, understood to be the object and goal of this work.  In the second half of the course we will turn to a twentieth century problematic concerning the possibility and nature of metaphysics in light of critiques of the Aristotelian metaphysical project.  We will study Heidegger’s Introduction to Metaphysics (supplemented by some passages from his Basic Concepts of Metaphysics).  We will attempt to situate Heidegger’s thought on metaphysics in the context of developments in metaphysics in other styles of philosophy in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will be evaluated on the basis of participation, a presentation, a research paper and a final exam.

PHIL 990  Graduate Seminar (T1 & T2)

T 4:00 - 5:20 PM (bi-weekly)

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