It is often said that philosophy teaches you not what to think, but how to think. You will study questions such as: What is truth? How we come to know the truth? What is it to be a person? Is morality relative or are there absolute moral truths? Why do we punish criminals by putting them in prison? Is democracy the best system of government? Through studying these questions, you will develop a better understanding of different points of view, and will become a better thinker, debater, and writer.
The critical thinking skills acquired in studying Philosophy include developing a critical mind, analyzing key concepts, organizing ideas, and communicating effectively.
The Philosophy Department takes advantage of the small size of most Philosophy classes to encourage students to participate actively in class, to ask questions, and to argue for or against the theories and ideas that have been presented. This results in a much deeper understanding of the philosophical problems studied and why they resist solution. It also maximizes the acquisition of critical skills, and enables the professor and student to get to know each other well.
At Glendon you will study with professors who are experts in the field:
- Doris Olin is currently conducting research on paradoxes of rational belief and inconsistency.
- Louis Phillip Hodgson completed a 2 year fellowship at UCLA and published an article in the journal Ethics. He received his Philosophy doctorate from Harvard and specializes in Social and Political Thought.
- Judith Baker recently gave a talk in Mexico at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico city) on ‘Trust and Commitment’, defending the rationality of trusting others. Her areas of expertise are Ethics and Accountability and also Social and Political Thought.
Philosophy is available as a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts. For more details, visit www.glendon.yorku.ca/iBA.
The Glendon Philosophy Department mourns the loss of Professor Judith Baker, who passed away in Toronto on May 22. Judith taught at Glendon College for three decades. Her contribution to our institution as a beloved colleague and teacher, but also as a model of intellectual creativity, was immeasurable. She will be sorely missed.
Careers and Alumni
The critical thinking skills you will acquire in the study of philosophy are transferable to many other areas. In fact, as a group, philosophy majors consistently outperform most other majors on standard admissions tests such as the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Philosophy graduates go on to successful careers as lawyers, doctors, administrators, teachers, journalists, diplomats, consultants, stockbrokers, bankers, and more.
Glendon philosophy graduates include Katherine Hewson, Director of the Citizenship Development Bureau of the Government of Ontario and Alex Limion, an investment analyst with Sprucegrove Investment Management.
Francette came to Canada from France when she was 4 years old and now studies Philosophy with a Certificate in Law and Social Thought at Glendon. She’s been elected as Vice President Communications on the Glendon College Student Union two years in a row.
After returning from an exchange year in France, Kelly has settled back into her International Studies and Philosophy classes at Glendon. Rarely seen without her camera, Kelly is a well-known photographer on campus.
Sonia chose to pursue a double major in Philosophy and International Studies. She is complementing her degree with a certificate in Law and Social Thought and is looking forward to law school after graduation.
Philosophy is available as a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts.
Consider complementing your degree with a specialized Certificate in Law and Social Thought.
Students who excel in the study of philosophy may be eligible for one of Glendon’s philosophy awards.
Professor Georges Moyal is a specialist in ancient Greek and early modern philosophy.
Professor Doris Olin studies paradoxes and the philosophy of logic.
Ready to apply?
Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) Codes:
iBA Bilingual: YGG
iBA Trilingual: YGH (Upper-year entry)