PHIL 261

Metaphysical Structures of the World


Metaphysics is the study of the nature of reality. Unlike the sciences or other areas of philosophy, which study very specific kinds of things, the aim of metaphysics is to understand, more generally, how things are; what the universe is like.

This is an introductory course in metaphysics, which covers topics such as the nature of space, time and existence. We will also explore questions like, Is time travel possible? Do humans have free will? Do abstract objects, like numbers, really exist?

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for PHIL 261.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2024

Not taught in 2024




Prescribed Reading: Metaphysics: An Introduction, by Alyssa Ney


Coursework only


PHIL 261: 15 points


30 points in Philosophy or 60 points


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