2018-2019 Graduate Calendar

Philosophy  
Master of Arts in Philosophy Go to top of document
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Contemporary Continental Philosophy Eastern Philosophy Comparative Philosophy Dean Carol U. Merriam Faculty of Humanities Associate Dean Michael J. Carter Faculty of Humanities Core Faculty Professor R. Raj Singh (Philosophy) Associate Professors Michael Berman (Philosophy), Richard S. G. Brown (Philosophy), Athena V. Colman (Philosophy), Christine Daigle (Philosophy), R. Dalvi (Philosophy), Rajiv Kaushik (Philosophy), Brian Lightbody (Philosophy) Graduate Program Director Michael Berman 905-688-5550, extension 3317 mberman@brocku.ca Administrative Assistant Frances Meffe 905-688-5550, extension 3315 573 Glenridge Ave. https://brocku.ca/philosophy  
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The Master's program focuses on three areas: recent and contemporary Continental and Asian thought, as well as Comparative philosophy. The program also accommodates the rise in importance of post-structuralist continental thinkers. 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 the following specializations: Contemporary Continental Philosophy (Existentialism, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Post-Structuralism): Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Gadamer, Foucault, Deleuze, Guattari, Kristeva, Irigaray, Habermas or some contemporary European movement, such as Structuralism, the Frankfurt School, etc. Eastern Philosophy: Indian and Upanishadic Philosophy: texts from the six orthodox schools of Indian philosophy, especially Vedanta, Early Indian Buddhist traditions, especially the Madhyamika school and Yogacara Buddhism; Bhakti traditions, Gandhi; Chinese Philosophy, especially Confucianism, Taoism, Chinese Buddhism. Comparative Philosophy: 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: For example, Issues in recent Anglo-American (Analytic) Philosophy, Studies in Classical Philosophy (Pre-Socratics, Plato and/or Aristotle), etc. These topics 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.)  
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Successful completion of four-year Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in Philosophy with an average not less than 75%. Applicants must supply a statement of interest. Knowledge of languages other than English may be required as appropriate. The Graduate Admissions Committee will review all applications and recommend admission for a limited number of suitable candidates. Individuals interested in part-time study should consult with the Graduate Program Director.  
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In order to complete the degree requirements for the Master of Arts in Philosophy, there are two paths from which to choose: the MA thesis option, which requires the successful completion of four (4) half-credits in the philosophy program and a thesis; and the major research paper option, which requires the successful completion of six (6) half-credits as well as a major research paper. Thesis candidates are limited to a maximum of one half-credit directed reading course; major research paper candidates may take up to two one half-credit directed reading courses. The Graduate Program Director must approve the course curricula of each Philosophy graduate student. The MA program is designed to be normally completed in one year (twelve months) of full-time studies.  
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Note that not all courses are offered in every session. Refer to the applicable timetable for details. Students must check to ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met. PHIL 5F80 Major Research Paper A research project involving the preparation of a major research paper which shall demonstrate capacity for independent work and original research and thought. PHIL 5F90 Thesis A research project involving the preparation and defence of a thesis which shall demonstrate capacity for independent work and original research and thought. PHIL 5P01 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. PHIL 5P02 Sartre A study of the existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre as discussed in his literary and philosophical works. PHIL 5P03 Merleau-Ponty Examination of perceptual and cognitive issues in the moral, aesthetic and phenomenological philosophy of this French thinker. Critical exploration of his reception in the post-structuralist and post-analytic traditions. PHIL 5P04 Foucault A study of the earlier and later works of Michel Foucault. Themes discussed may include archaeology, genealogy, discipline, power, knowledge, subjectivity and sexuality. PHIL 5P05 Nietzsche A study of the philosophical ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche. PHIL 5P06 Critical Theory: Frankfurt School A consideration of Frankfurt School Critical Theory through an examination of its core thinkers, including, but not limited to: Benjamin, Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse, Fromm, Habermas, Honneth. Themes discussed may include: instrumental rationality, domination, Freudo-Marxism, authoritarianism, constellations, ideology, fragmentary discourse, politics and aesthetics. Note: Completion of this course will replace previously assigned grade in PHIL 5V04. 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. PHIL 5P08 Simone de Beauvoir A study of the philosophical ideas of Simone de Beauvoir. PHIL 5P09 Habermas An examination of the philosophical ideas of Jurgen Habermas as found in Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, Truth and Justification, and Post-Metaphysical Thinking. PHIL 5P15 Heidegger A study of Martin Heidegger's Being and Time and selected later works on themes such as fundamental ontology, analytic of Dasein, truth, language and art. PHIL 5P16 Merleau-Ponty and Nagarjuna Critical development of comparative philosophical analysis. Examination of issues in phenomenology, existentialism and soteriology. PHIL 5P20 Kant and the 18th Century Historical study of the thought of Immanuel Kant in the context of the 18th-century enlightenment, normally focusing on Kant's critical philosophy. 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 5P71 Merleau-Ponty: The Art of Perception (also offered as HUMA 5P31 and SCLA 5P71) Merleau-Ponty's treatments and analyses of the visual (painting and film) and literary arts, seen as products, explorations and distortions of human perception and embodied subjectivity, which shed light on our cultural and pre-cultural experiences of the world. PHIL 5P91 Directed Reading I Research course with directed study and regular meetings with a faculty member, covering topics not offered in a designated course. PHIL 5P92 Directed Reading II Research course with directed study and regular meetings with a faculty member, covering topics not offered in a designated course. PHIL 5V00-5V09 Studies in Contemporary Philosophy Topics may include a contemporary philosophical genre such as French Feminism or be focused more narrowly on a single contemporary philosopher, for example, Freud or Deleuze. PHIL 5V06 Studies in Contemporary Philosophy: Contemporary Problems in French Thought Examination of literary and linguistic theory in contemporary French thought, placing such works in the traditions of hermeneutics and deconstructionism; possible writers include Jean-Luc Nancy and Phillippe Lacoue-Labarthe. PHIL 5V09 Studies in Contemporary Philosophy: The Case of Justus Buchler Examination of key concepts in the works of Buchler, such as experience, nature, judgment and natural complexes PHIL 5V20-5V29 Advanced Studies in Comparative Philosophy Focuses primarily on the comparison of philosophical figures, concepts, and problems from both contemporary continental thought as well as eastern thought (e.g., Buddhism, Vedanta, Taoism). PHIL 5V30-5V45 Advanced Studies in Eastern Philosophy Concentrated critical and interpretive study of selected texts in the areas of: Advaita Vedanta, Yoga, Madhyamika and Yogacara schools of Buddhism, or Chinese Philosophy. PHIL 5V50-5V59 Advanced Studies in Contemporary Philosophy Examination of current trends in philosophy and cultural issues. Topics may include 21st century aesthetics, artificial intelligence and phenomenology, or socio-environmental challenges.  
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