Since 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 sharpen your own ability to think clearly, critically and independently. The Department's curriculum has a twin approach, historical and analytical, and covers political and social philosophy, ethics, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and logic. 

The Department of Philosophy also runs a minor in applied ethics.

This program is offered in English and in French.

The table below includes only discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on including a minor to your degree.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2017-2018 calendars for the previous requirements.

3 course units from:3 Units
Reasoning and Critical Thinking
Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments
3 course units from:3 Units
Moral Reasoning
Fundamental Philosophical Questions
Great Philosophers
Philosophy: Themes and Texts
6 course units from: 16 Units
Logic I
Political Philosophy
Greek Philosophy or the Birth of Philosophy
Philosophy in the Middle Ages
Modern Philosophy
Topics in Theory of Knowledge
Topics in Metaphysics
Continental Philosophy
Origins of Analytic Philosophy
Contemporary Analytic Philosophy
18 optional course units in philosophy (PHI) 118 Units
Total: 30 Units