Philosophy: questions and theories


Philosophy: Questions and Theories (HZT4U) enables an understanding of the nature of philosophy and philosophical reasoning skills as we explore metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, as well as social and political philosophy.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies.

HZT4U is a year course beginning in October. 

We meet twice a week for 25 weeks, with all Jewish and civil holidays off.

Although we’d like you to start in October, you can join the course up until the end of November. 

There are homework assignments that drop in Google Classroom throughout the year, as well as seasonal “Keeper” assignments where you share the big ideas and concepts that you have “kept” days and weeks after learning them.

There are no exams or tests.  

As we approach the end of the year, we will meet to plan your Culminating work which will explore a topic you find compelling!

The Culminating is due at the end of June.

A “thought experiment” is just what it sounds like – a philosophical inquiry conducted in the mind based on an imaginary situation.  The clip above explores one of the more well known thought experiments called “the Trolley Problem.”  It was devised by Philippa Foot in a 1967 philosophy paper. 

What would you do in that situation? In this course, we’ll consider this question and so many more about how to live one’s best life and what is the best thing to do in a given moment.

HZT4U Course Outline

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