METAPHYSICS: FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS

PHI3MFQ

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Metaphysics is the study of fundamental questions about the constitution of the world, ourselves, and our relation to the world. In this subject we will explore such questions as the nature of modality, that is, the notions of possibility and necessity. We will also examine the ideas of space and time, their relation to each other and to material reality, and whether time travel might be possible. This will then lead to the problem of the nature of material reality and problems concerning particularity and universality. From here we will turn to the problem of the relation of the mental to the material, the nature of consciousness, and the problem of personal identity. The subject will end with a consideration of the problem of whether we have free will or whether our choices are merely pre-determined events in an endless causal chain.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Any first year philosophy subject, or permission from subject coordinator.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PHI2MFQ

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsNAPrescribedNANA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify the underlying issues in a complex problem or controversial debate, analyse their structure and employ appropriate reasoning strategies designed to resolve the problem.

Activities:
Essays, on-line and/or individual, class and study group learning activities.

02. Identify, formulate, analyse and judge the success of standard form and text-based arguments, using appropriate methods of analysis and critical reasoning.

Activities:
Essays, on-line and/or individual, class and study group learning activities.

03. Locate, review, analyse and synthesise unfamiliar ideas and lines of argument with an open mind and willingness to question and revise assumptions and change one's own views when appropriate.

Activities:
Essays, on-line and/or individual, class and study group learning activities.

04. Write a carefully constructed essay in support of a philosophical claim.

Activities:
Essay writing, modelling, feedback on essay.

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