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Overview

Learning Methods
Students learn through multi-media, practical exercises and lectures, developing their critical thinking skills through in-class debates, small discussions and philosophical essays.

Major Focus
Philosophy at AC focuses on helping you learn how to think and communicate in a serious in disciplined way about things that matter, regardless of your ultimate career and life path.

The AC Difference
We foster a respectful, open environment where students can explore, contemplate and debate the “big questions” of life as they develop their academic and critical thinking skills.

Career Outlook
Philosophy grads’ ability to analyze, evaluate, construct, and articulate reasoning opens careers ranging from law to teaching, to business, to non-profit organisations and government.


Course Descriptions

Select a course below to see full descriptions. (#) Indicates amount of credits per course.

PHIL 100 Knowledge and Reality (3)

An introduction to some of the central problems of philosophy. Topics to be discussed include theories of reality; the nature and sources of knowledge, truth, evidence, and reason; the justification of belief and knowledge about the universe. These topics and problems are considered as they arise in the context of issues such as: relativism versus absolutism; the existence of God; personal identity; the nature of the mind and its relation to the body; free will and determinism; the possibility of moral knowledge.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099

Transfers to:
ALEX PHIL 100 and ALEX PHIL 110 = UBC PHIL 100 (6)
SFU PHIL 100 (3) B-Hum
UVic PHIL 100 Lev (1.5) - ALEX PHIL 100 (3) and ALEX PHIL 110 (3) = Uvic PHIL 100 (3)
UNBC PHIL 1XX (3)
TRU PHIL 1100 (3)

PHIL 110 Introduction to Moral Philosophy (3)

An introduction to the central problems of ethics such as the nature of right and wrong, the objectivity or subjectivity of moral judgments, the relativity or absolutism of values, the nature of human freedom and responsibility. The course also considers general moral views such as utilitarianism, theories or rights and specific obligations, and the ethics of virtue. These theories are applied to particular moral problems such as abortion, punishment, distributive justice, freedom of speech, and racial and sexual equality.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099

Transfers to:
ALEX PHIL 100 and ALEX PHIL 110 = UBC PHIL 100 (6)
SFU PHIL 120 (3)
UVic PHIL 100 Lev (1.5) - ALEX PHIL 100 (3) and ALEX PHIL 110 (3) = Uvic PHIL 100 (3)
UNBC PHIL 1XX (3)
and TRU PHIL 1XX0 (3)

PHIL 120 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking (3)

An exploration of the tools for dealing with everyday and technical arguments and concepts. Analysis and resolution of confusions, ambiguities, and fallacies.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098

Transfers to:
UBC PHIL 120 (3)
SFU PHIL 105 (3) Q/B-Soc/Sci
UVic PHIL 201 Lev (1.5)
UNBC PHIL 200 (3)
TRU PHIL 1110 (3)

PHIL 203 Metaphysics (3)

Prerequisite(s):
An introduction to some important and representative topics in metaphysics. Metaphysics investigates the fundamental nature of reality; it is the main activity of academic philosophical inquiry that is not ethics, epistemology (theory of knowledge), or logic. It aims to give an account of the most basic categories of existing things, and to understand their nature and the relations that hold among them, for example casual relations, composition, and identity across time. The primary methodology of metaphysics is systematic thought.

Transfers to:
ENGL 099, One of: PHIL 100, PHIL 110, or PHIL 120 (B-)

PHIL 210 Natural Deductive Logic (3)

The course is designed to teach students to generate deductively valid arguments and to detect invalid arguments. Correct inference rules for sentential arguments and quantificational arguments are identified and treated from a purely syntactical point of view. A rigorous treatment of the semantic theory for sentential logic and quantification logic is also presented.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099

Transfers to:
UBC PHIL 220 (3)
SFU PHIL 210 (3) Q
UVic PHIL 203 Lev (1.5)
UNBC PHIL 2XX (3)
TRU PHIL 2230 (3)

Lindsey bat Joseph

Department Head

Lindsey bat Joseph

Department Head

Lindsey became the department head for Humanities and Social Sciences in the Fall 2018 term and is looking forward to developing more subject areas and upper level courses for the varied disciplines in her department.

Formerly the manager of Alexander College’s Writing and Learning Centres, Lindsey has been teaching philosophy at Alexander since Fall 2012.

Lindsey has a B.A. Religious Studies and Applied Ethics and B. Ed. degrees from the University of Calgary, and M.A.H.L. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, an M.A. in Philosophy from Simon Fraser University, and a Journalism Diploma.

Lindsey is a self-professed “post-secondary junkie” who is always looking for new things to learn. Her philosophical interests mainly focus on contemporary moral issues (applied ethics) and philosophy of religion. Outside of philosophy she is an avid fan of science-fiction and her 2 grandkids.

Lyle Crawford

Instructor

Lyle Crawford

Instructor

Lyle has taught Philosophy and Critical Thinking at Alexander College since 2012.

He has a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Victoria, and is All-But-Dissertation in the Philosophy Ph.D program at Simon Fraser University, where he also teaches.

He will be Curriculum Director at the new Teaching and Critical Thinking Integration Centre at SFU. Much of his professional life is devoted to helping people think clearly.

He has presented papers and commentaries at the Canadian and American Philosophical Association conferences, and has been published in the journal Ratio.

His research has focused on metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Outside of philosophy, his interests include world cinema and early (pre-19th century) music. His student course evaluations frequently praise his beard.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP)

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) is written, edited, and reviewed by leaders in various branches of philosophy. All its articles meet North American academic standards and the body of work is constantly growing. Every entry contains a link to its complete archival history with information on how to cite that entry. You can find out information about any philosophical topic as well as many famous philosophers on this site.

plato.stanford.edu


The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy provides free, open access to detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy. The staff of 30 editors and approximately 300 authors hold doctorate degrees and are professors at colleges and universities around the world, most notably from English-speaking countries.

www.iep.utm.edu


Early Modern Texts

Early Modern Texts provides versions of some classics of early modern philosophy, and a few from the 19th century, prepared with a view to making them easier to read while leaving intact the main arguments, doctrines, and lines of thought.

www.earlymoderntexts.com/

Existential Comics

Think philosophy and philosophers are dry and boring? Think again! Enjoy these ironic and humorous comics about life, the universe, and the general weirdness that is human existence.

www.existentialcomics.com/


Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog

News and views about philosophy, the academic profession, academic freedom, intellectual culture…and a bit of poetry.

leiterreports.typepad.com


Daily Nous

News for and about the Philosophy profession.

www.dailynous.com/

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