Department of PhilosophyWestern Arts and Humanities

Meet Our Courses

What? Phil 2092F: Philosophy and the Graphic Novel, a course combining traditional philosophical questions with study of the relatively new medium of the graphic novel. 

When? Fall 2015, MWF 12:30-1:30

Why? Recently, authors such as Art Spiegelman, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Frank Miller, and Lynda Barry have used the graphic novel to explore a variety of philosophical themes, confronting questions in ethics (what is justice?), political philosophy (what is the basis of the state’s authority?), and social philosophy (what is the nature of oppression?). Naturally, such issues have also been considered in detail by philosophers and in this course we will make use of the graphic novel to engage with thinkers including Plato, Hobbes, Nietzsche, Marx, Foucault, Fanon, Arendt, and Nozick.

Who? Professor Corey Dyck


What? Phil 2557G: Existentialism, a course that considers the writings of classic and contemporary existentialists to explore how we find meaning in our everyday existence. 

When? Winter 2016, W 9:30-11:30, F 10:30-11:30

Why? Existentialists define who we are through what we do. In their view we cannot turn to external sources such as religion, morality, or public opinion to tell us what to do, or how to find meaning in our lives. This does not mean we are not responsible for others, for the environment, or for ourselves but it does mean that there is no formula for accomplishing this responsibility. In this course we will consider classic existentialists such as Simone de Beauvoir and Friedrich Nietzsche along with contemporary thinkers to explore how we find meaning in our everyday existence. We will learn that although there are no absolute truths, that does not mean that all truths are relative, or that there is no right or wrong. Rather, our responsibility is to find our own path in a world we share with others.

Who? Professor Helen Fielding