Philosophy of Biology (PHIL*6740) | College of Arts

Philosophy of Biology (PHIL*6740)

Code and section: PHIL*6740*01

Term: Fall 2022

Instructor: Stefan Linquist


Method of Delivery:

In person seminar meeting once per week. 

Course Synopsis:

The study of animal minds will be the focus of Philosophy 6740 in the fall of 2022. We begin with an historical overview staring with the instinct debates in the 1890s through to the decline of behaviourism (sort of) about 100 years later. We then turn to contemporary topics relevant to the study of animal welfare including the nature of animal emotion, fish and invertebrate pain, the nature and significance of sociality, non-linguistic belief, and conceptions of death. Students will write two short papers and are encouraged to work on philosophical projects relevant to their theses. 

Assignments & Means of Evaluation:

  • First Writing assignment 25%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Participation 20% 
  • Second writing assignment 35%

Required Textbooks:

This course uses online resources only.

* Please note:  This is a preliminary web course outline only.  The Philosophy Department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.