Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2010/2011
Canadian Excellence

Department of Philosophy

The one-year masterís program gives a unique focus to graduate work in philosophy while preparing students for doctoral study or for careers in government or the private sector. The program focuses on contemporary and historical perspectives on persons, and their relationships to themselves and others in moral, political and cultural settings. Students will explore metaphysical, epistemological, moral, and political questions about selves, agency and communities in five graduate level courses and will write a major research paper.

Graduate students are trained to do advanced research in traditional and contemporary areas of philosophical scholarship.


Graduate Faculty
  • Kathy Behrendt, PhD (Oxford), Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • Neil Campbell, PhD (McMaster), Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Renato Cristi, PhD (Toronto), Professor of Philosophy
  • Stephen Haller, PhD (Guelph), Associate Professor (Brantford Campus)
  • Rockney Jacobsen, PhD (Alberta), Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Rebekah Johnston, PhD (Toronto), Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • Jonathan Lavery, PhD (Guelph), Associate Professor (Brantford Campus)
  • Robert Litke, PhD (Michigan), Professor of Philosophy
  • Ashwani Peetush, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Jill Rusin, PhD (Johns Hopkins), Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • Allison Weir, PhD (York), Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Byron Williston, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • James Wong, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor of Philosophy
= this person is eligible to supervise doctoral students.

Note on Courses Contained in Graduate Calendar

As far as possible, each program attempts to provide a full range of core courses and electives. However, every course listed in this Calendar is not available in every session or every year.

Students are encouraged to consult the program/department to inquire about course offerings each year.

Course Offerings
Course #TitleCredits
PP680 Selected Topics in Social, Political and Legal Philosophy 0.5
PP681 Selected Topics in the History of Philosophy 0.5
PP682 Selected Topics in Continental Philosophy 0.5
PP683 Selected Topics in Ethics 0.5
PP684 Selected Topics in the Philosophy of Mind and Language 0.5
PP687 Selected Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology 0.5
PP688 MA Research Seminar 0.5
PP689 Directed Study 0.5
PP695 Major Research Paper 1.0
PP701 Language Requirement 0.5
PP788 Research Seminar 0.5
PP789 Directed Study 0.5
PP791 Qualifying Exam 0.0
PP799 Doctoral Thesis 0.0