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What distinguishes philosophy from the physical and social sciences is its concern not only with the truths that are discovered by means of specialized methods of investigation, but with the implications such discoveries have for human beings in their relations with one another and the world. Moreover, philosophy has an abiding interest in those basic assumptions about the nature of the physical and social world, and about the nature of enquiry itself, which underlie our scientific and practical endeavours.


Bachelor of Arts Programs

  • Philosophy (specialist, major and minor options)
  • Bioethics (specialist, major and minor options)
  • Environmental Ethics: see School of the Environment


Bachelor of Science Programs


First-Year Courses

  • PHL 100Y1 – Introduction to Philosophy


Advice for First Year

Students who are interested in enrolling in a philosophy program are advised to take PHL 100Y1. Students interested in bioethics are also encouraged to enrol in BIO 120H1 – Adaptation and Biodiversity and BIO 130H1 – Molecular and Cell Biology.


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