Term Position - Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Academic Opening
Closing Date: 
Friday, June 16, 2017
Date of Posting: 
May 17, 2017
Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts
Term Position

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Prince Edward Island invites applications for a Term Position for the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 sessions semesters. We are seeking an instructor to teach the following courses in the Department of Philosophy: This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Fall 2017   
Phil 111 -  Critical Thinking                                    
Phil 205 -  Business Ethics                                      
Phil 301 -  Philosophy of Science               

Winter 2018
Phil 111 -  Critical Thinking   
Phil 242 -  Philosophies of Love and Sexuality  
Phil 354 -  Philosophy of Mind    

This course helps students identify and evaluate various types of arguments couched in ordinary language. Different types of errors of reasoning are critically evaluated, such as argument from authority, begging the question, faulty causal correlation, appeal to emotions, inadequate sample, and deceptive use of statistics. The course aids the student in recognizing occurrences of these fallacies, and the conditions for logical error and weak argumentation in general. Emphasis is placed on the identification of weak arguments and the construction of strong arguments. Examples for critique and counter argument are derived mainly from the popular media

Students explore ethical issues specific to business, industry, and professional conduct. Topics range from corporate responsibilities, product and worker safety, ethnicity sensitivity, sexual harassment, advertisement, insider trades, and environmental stewardship. Students become familiar with the ethical issues regarding business, and are equipped with the conceptual tools necessary to respond to moral conflicts sensitively and responsibly.

Science involves a set of attitudes, a system of beliefs, and a group of activities oriented to explaining the natural world. This course examines both the classical positivist accounts of scientific theory and practice and the more recent accounts of development and change in the global scientific culture.

This course explores philosophical issues related to love and sexuality as constructed and experienced in particular cultural and historical contexts in Anglo-American culture. Topics may include analysis of love and sexuality as portrayed in music, literature, film and art; kinds of love; conceptions of self and community underlying different accounts of love; sexual activity as expressive, communicative, sacred, profane, athletic, goal-oriented; the commodification of sex; competing conceptions of sexual health and sexual liberation; conservative, liberal, radical and feminist perspectives; ethical issues in intimate relation- ships, families, sex-trade work and pornography.

This course examines basic problems in philosophical psychology, such as the mind/body problem, intentionality, artificial intelligence, functionalism, the nature of consciousness, and virtual realities. Thinkers such as J. Searle, D. Dennett, J.J.C. Smart, J. Fodor, P. Churchland, F. Dretske, and K. Sterelny may be discussed.

Application instructions:
Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. in Philosophy and previous teaching experience.  Scholarly expertise related to one or more of these courses would be an asset.  Applicants should submit a letter of application, a sample course syllabus for Phil 111, a sample course syllabus for Phil 205 or Phil 242, a sample course syllabus for Phil 301 or Phil 354, an updated CV, and the names of three references to:

Dr. Pamela Courtenay–Hall, Chair
Department of Philosophy
University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown, PE, C1A 4P3
Tel: 902-894-2838 or 902-566-0331

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Closing date for applications is June 16, 2017


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