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.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Evans

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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


Incompatible subjects PHI3MFQ

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

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Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Essay, 2000 words50
Essay, 2000 words50