Faculty of Arts


PHIL 261

Metaphysical Structures of the World


Description

Metaphysics investigates philosophical problems which arise out of attempts to give a quite general picture or description of the nature and structure of the world and, more generally, from considering problems involving the most fundamental concepts we use in attempting to describe the nature of reality and our place in it and in attempting to evaluate doctrines in this domain.

Science, common sense, religions and cultures all presuppose metaphysical world-views. Traditional metaphysical problems concern laws, causation, time, space, substance, identity, attributes and universals, free will, reality, existence, modality and so on. Course topics will be selected from such traditional philosophical problems, particularly including modern and contemporary attempts to clarify them.

Availability 2018

Not taught in 2018

Lecturer(s)

TBA

Reading/Texts

Brian Garrett, What is this thing called Metaphysics? 2nd ed. (London: Routledge, 2011). ISBN: 9780415617222, or ISBN-10: 0415617227

This reading will be supplemented by material in one or more course books, together with materials made available online.

Assessment

Coursework + exam

Points

PHIL 261: 15.0 points

Prerequisites

30 points in Philosophy or 60 points

Restrictions

PHIL 361


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