METAPHYSICS

Course code PHIL3020Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Metaphysics is one of the main branches of philosophy. This course surveys the main problems and areas of metaphysics.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
Objectives(1) Impart to students familiarity with, and knowledge of, the main issues addressed and approaches taken by philosophers, specifically in the area of metaphysics.
(2) Impart to students critical skills to deal with these issues and employ these approaches in their assessment of their own culture and societal life, and in thinking about their own personal lives.
(3) Develop high level written and oral skills in analyzing and presenting philosophical issues.
(4) Develop a capacity to appreciate the philosophical positions involved in how people approach ways of living and in their stance to the world around them.
ContentThe course covers topics including Realism, the existence of material objects, causation, philosophical problems of space and time, problems of the self, other minds and the nature and existence of moral properties.
Replacing Course(s)PHIL3710 METAPHYSICS, EPISTEMOLOGY, RATIONALITY I
TransitionStudents who have gained credit for PHIL3710 will be unable to gain credit for this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge10 units of PHIL courses at 1000 level, or 40 units of any courses at any level.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2 x 3,500 word essays.
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term