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 361.
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.
Not offered in 2023; planned for 2024
Prescribed Reading: Metaphysics: An Introduction, by Alyssa Ney
Coursework + exam
PHIL 361: 15 points
30 points at Stage II in Philosophy or 30 points from PHIL 260, SCIGEN 201