Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2008/2009
Canadian Excellence

Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

The one-year masterís program gives a unique focus to graduate work in philosophy while preparing students for doctoral study or for careers in government or the private sector. The program focuses on contemporary and historical perspectives on persons, and their relationships to themselves and others in moral, political and cultural settings. Students will explore metaphysical, epistemological, moral, and political questions about selves, agency and communities in five graduate level courses and will write a major research paper.

The Guelph-Laurier-McMaster Doctoral Programme in Philosophy is run jointly by the Departments of Philosophy of the University of Guelph, McMaster University, and Wilfrid Laurier University. It offers courses of study leading to the degree of PhD in philosophy.

Graduate students are trained to do advanced research in traditional and contemporary areas of philosophical scholarship.

Department of Philosophy

Graduate Faculty
  • Kathy Behrendt, PhD (Oxford), Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • Neil Campbell, PhD (McMaster), Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Leo Groarke, PhD (Western Ontario), Professor of Philosophy; Acting Vice-President: Academic
  • Stephen Haller, PhD (Guelph), Associate Professor (Brantford Campus)
  • Rockney Jacobsen, PhD (Alberta), Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Rebekah Johnston, PhD (Toronto), Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • Jonathan Lavery, PhD (Guelph), Associate Professor (Brantford Campus)
  • Ashwani Peetush, PhD (Toronto), Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • Jill Rusin, PhD (Johns Hopkins), Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • Allison Weir, PhD (York), Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Byron Williston, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • James Wong, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor of Philosophy
Program Information

Note on Courses Contained in Graduate Calendar

As far as possible, each program attempts to provide a full range of core courses and electives. However, every course listed in this Calendar is not available in every session or every year.

Students are encouraged to consult the program/department to inquire about course offerings each year.

Course Offerings
Course # Title Credits
PP680 Selected Topics in Social, Political and Legal Philosophy 0.5
PP681 Selected Topics in the History of Philosophy 0.5
PP682 Selected Topics in Continental Philosophy 0.5
PP683 Selected Topics in Ethics 0.5
PP684 Selected Topics in the Philosophy of Mind and Language 0.5
PP687 Selected Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology 0.5
PP688 MA Research Seminar 0.5
PP689 Directed Study 0.5
PP695 Major Research Paper 1.0
PP701 Language Requirement 0.5
PP788 Research Seminar 0.5
PP789 Directed Study 0.5
PP791 Qualifying Exam 0.0
PP799 Doctoral Thesis 0.0