Faculty of Arts

PHIL 361

Metaphysical Structures of the World

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for PHIL 361.


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




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.


Coursework + exam


PHIL 361: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II in Philosophy or 30 points from HISTORY 240, PHIL 260, SCIGEN 201


PHIL 261

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