2005-2006 Graduate Calendar

Master of Arts in Philosophy Dean Rosemary Drage Hale Faculty of Humanities Participating Faculty Professors Murray L. Miles (Philosophy), R. Raj Singh (Philosophy) Associate Professors Richard S. G. Brown (Philosophy), Wing-Cheuk Chan (Philosophy), Hans-Georg Moeller (Philosophy) Assistant Professors Michael Berman (Philosophy), Christine Daigle (Philosophy), Rohit Dalvi (Philosophy) Graduate Officer Richard S. G. Brown rbrown@brocku.ca Administrative Assistant Irene Cherrington 905-688-5550, extension 3315 Schmon Tower 1130 http://www.brocku.ca/philosophy/ The Master's Program focuses on two areas: recent and contemporary European thought, and Asian (especially Indian and Chinese) thought. While the essential framework of the program has changed little in the last two decades, specific additions have been made to accommodate the rise in importance of postmodern continental thinkers (mainly French and German philosophers). Such inclusions indicate the type of dynamic rapport the Department wishes to keep with the wider philosophical community. Consequently, the majority of courses offered in any one year will be selected from:
I.  Contemporary Studies: Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Marcel, Buber, Scheler, Merleau-Ponty, Gadamer, Luhmann or some contemporary European movement, such as Structuralism, the Frankfurt School, or Postmodernism: Derrida, Levinas, Deleuze, or Bataille.
II.  Eastern Studies: Indian and Upanishadic Philosophy: texts from the six orthodox schools of Indian philosophy, especially Vedanta, Early Indian Buddhist traditions, especially Madhyamika schools; Bhakti traditions, Gandhi; Chinese Philosophy, especially Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism.
III.  Comparative Studies: Comparison of Eastern and Western traditions with respect to problems of being, knowledge, person, values, and philosophical method.
  In addition, from time to time, half-courses and tutorials may be offered on the following topics: Issues in recent Anglo-American (Analytic) Philosophy, Studies in Classical Philosophy (Pre-Socratics, Plato and/or Aristotle), Process Philosophy (Bergson, Whitehead, Hartshorne). These areas of specialization fall outside the principal focus of the graduate program, but are represented by individual members of the Department. (If in a given year a half-credit in one of the above happens not to be offered, an individual tutorial therein may be arranged.)
Admission Requirements Go to top of document
Candidates should normally have an HonoursBA in philosophy with a minimum B average (75 percent). Those with a Pass BA in philosophy will normally require a qualifying year. Knowledge of languages, as appropriate, other than English may be required.  
Program Requirements Go to top of document
In order to complete the degree requirements for the Master's of Arts in Philosophy, there are two paths from which to choose: the M.A. thesis option, which requires the successful completion of four half-credits in the philosophy program and a thesis, and the major essay option, which requires the successful completion of eight half-credits as well as a major essay. Thesiscandidates are limited to a maximum of one half-credit tutorial; major essay candidates may take up to two one half-credit tutorials. The graduate officer of the Department must approve the program of any graduate student. Note the M.A. Program is designed to be completed in one year (twelve months) of full-time studies. Full-time students receiving financial assistance should not expect such assistance to extend beyond the first year.  
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Graduate credits are to be obtained by completing courses designated at the 5(alpha)00 level. A course previously taken for undergraduate year four credit may not be taken for graduate credit. PHIIL 5F98 MA Major Essay PHIL 5F99 MA Research and Thesis PHIL 5P07 Husserl and Transcendental Phenomenology Basic issues and methods of Phenomenological philosophy will be studied and explored with reference to some of the major works of Husserl. Seminar, 3 hours per week. PHIL 5P20 Kant and the 18th Century Historical study of the thought of Immanuel Kant in the context of the 18th-century enlightenment, focusing primarily on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. PHIL 5P21 Modern Philosophical Studies: Hegel and the 19th Century Historical study of the thought of Georg W. F. Hegel in the context of the 19th century. PHIL 5P91 Graduate Tutorial I Research course with directed study and regular meetings with a faculty member, covering topics not offered in a designated course. PHIL 5P92 Graduate Tutorial II Research course with directed study and regular meetings with a faculty member, covering topics not offered in a designated course. PHIL 5V00-5V04 Advanced Studies in Political Philosophy A critical examination of either a particular thinker or problem in political philosophy. Political thinkers may include Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, J. S. Mill, Rawls and Nozick. Problems may include liberty and political organization, justice and equality, human nature and order, civil disobedience, participation and consent, liberalism, anarchism, socialism and conservatism. Seminar, 3 hours per week. 2005-06: (5V01) Advanced Studies in Political Philosophy: Contemporary Political Theory 2005-06: (5V03) Studies in Contemporary European Philosophy PHIL 5V15-5V29 Modern Philosophical Studies An advanced course devoted to one or more of the major thinkers of the tradition from Descartes to the present day. Seminar, 3 hours per week. 2005-06: (5V15) Heidegger 2005-06: (5V17) Modern Philosophical Studies PHIL 5V30-5V45 Advanced Studies in Eastern Philosophy Concentrated critical and interpretive study of selected texts in the areas of: Advaita Vedanta, Yoga, etc., Madhyamika and Yogacara schools of Buddhism, or Chinese Philosophy. 2005-06: (5V32) Vedanta 2005-06: (5V34) Yogacara PHIL 5V46-5V60 Advanced Studies in Comparative Philosophy Selected issues on the basis of faculty expertise. Seminar, 3 hours per week. 2005-06: (5V50) Advanced Studies in Comparative Philosophy: Merleau-Ponty and Nagarjuna  
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