Because it deals mainly with issues that have no simple solutions, philosophy emphasizes the exchange of ideas and debate and thus cultivates an appetite for deep and serious reflection. By reading and discussing the works of the world’s great thinkers on fundamental topics like truth, justice, morality and existence, you will sharpen your own ability to think clearly, critically and independently. The department’s curriculum takes a twin approach (historical and analytical) and covers political and social philosophy, ethics, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and logic.
Honours BA in Philosophy
The Honours BA, a 120 credit program, involves work in three areas: (1) The History of Philosophy; (2) Ethics and Political Philosophy; and (3) Logic, Metaphysics and Epistemology. It offers a rigorous formation which prepares students well for a demanding and rapidly changing job market as well as for advanced studies either in philosophy of other fields, notably law. Students can complete the program entirely in English, entirely in French, or by taking courses in both languages.
Major in Philosophy
Don't Panic! Exactly 42 credits in Philosophy are required for the Major, which provides a comprehensive education in the main areas of philosophy and its history. Two different profiles are offered in this program, one focusing on theoretical philosophy (metaphysics and theory of knowledge), the other on practical philosophy (ethics and political philosophy).
Joint Honours BA in Philosophy and Political Science
The Joint Honours BA in Philosophy and Political Science, a 120 credit program, provides a rigorous training in moral and political philosophy, complemented by in-depth studies of the concrete aspects of our social and political life. This program equips students with tools that will permit them to better understand and engage in the political dimension of our social world.