Ethics, Knowledge & Reality (PHIL*1050) | College of Arts

Ethics, Knowledge & Reality (PHIL*1050)

Code and section: PHIL*1050*01

Term: Winter 2020

Instructor: Brady Fullerton


This course traces fundamental questions through the history of philosophy by engaging with typical philosophical texts as well as works of popular culture. Through the dialogue between these various texts, issues in ethics, epistemology, and ontology will be explored. The philosophical texts used in this course aim to strike a balance between historical and contemporary works. The works from popular culture engage with media as diverse as film, graphic novels, prose, and video games. No previous knowledge of philosophy is assumed. Students will contribute to seminars where the synthesis of class materials will take place under the guidance of a TA. Grades will be determined based on seminar participation, three short papers, and a final exam.


Course Outline

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.