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Study ideas of knowledge, truth, the meaning of life.

Why study Philosophy?

Ask anyone why they study philosophy - in or out of the university - and you'll get many different answers. After all, these are people who study philosophy you're asking! It's clear that increasing numbers of undergraduates are pursuing Philosophy degrees (from the New York Times, 2008), and that there are many different reasons: Some people emphasize the kinds of skills you develop through studying philosophy. Some emphasize the ways a Philosophy major might relate to one's career. Some give a mix of both.

American Philosophical Association’s pamphlet “The Philosophy Major” argues that: “The study of philosophy serves to develop intellectual abilities important for life as a whole, beyond the knowledge and skills required for any particular profession. Properly pursued, it enhances analytical, critical and interpretive capacities that are applicable to any subject-matter, and in any human context. It cultivates the capacities and appetite for self-expression and reflection, for exchange and debate of ideas, for life-long learning, and for dealing with problems for which there are no easy answers. It also helps to prepare one for the tasks of citizenship. Participation in political and community affairs today is all too often insufficiently informed, manipulable and vulnerable to demagoguery. A good philosophical education enhances the capacity to participate responsibly and intelligently in public life.”

Academic Advisor

Dr. Denis Hurtubise, Chair

Telephone: 705-675-1151 or 1-800-461-4030 (x4324)


Office: Room L-734
Administrative Assistant:
Huguette Beaulne
705 675 1151 ext 4336

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Course Schedule in 2020 - 2021

Supplemental Distance Education Courses

Since all philosophy courses will be taught through videoconferencing in the upcoming Fall trimester, distance education students will have the opportunity to register for a certain number of them. 
At this time, the following courses are also open to students who are not resident of the Sudbury area:
PHIL 2866 Professional Ethics (Tuesday, 7:00 pm - 9:50 pm - WINTER)

The department of Political Science is offering the following two courses

POLI 2526 Approaches to Justice (hybrid delivery)
(Tuesday/Mardi 01:00PM - 02:20PM + Thursday/Jeudi 02:30PM - 03:50PM)  This course introduces theoretical controversies on the nature of justice in politics and society. The political ideas of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Mill, Rawls, and Marx are analyzed and critically assessed. 

POLI 2357 Histoire des idées politiques et sociales, XIXe à nos jours
(Tuesday/Mardi, Thursday/Jeudi 04:00PM - 05:20PM) Ce cours se propose d'analyser l'évolution des idées et des théories sociales et politiques du 19e siècle à nos jours. Il insiste surtout sur plusieurs idées et théories, dont le libéralisme, le néo-libéralisme, le conservatisme, le néo-conservatisme, le socialisme, l'évolutionnisme et le féminisme.

To learn more about those two courses please contact Dr. Stéphanie Martens (, Chair of the Department of Political Science.


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The Ontario College of Teachers has recently declared Philosophy a "teachable" subject. his means that university students with a degree in Philosophy are eligible to apply to one of Ontario’s 30 faculties of education. For those who aim for a career in teaching, this is one more reason to become a Philosophy major!

Canadian Philosophical Association

Ontario Philosophy Teachers’ Association

Philosophy Now. A Magazine of Ideas

TPM Online. The Philosopher’s Magazine

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.

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