Faculty of Arts

PHIL 361

Metaphysical Structures of the World


Metaphysics investigates philosophical problems which arise out of attempts to give a quite general picture 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, commonsense, religions and cultures all presuppose metaphysical worldviews. 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 problems, especially modern and contemporary approaches to them.

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Availability 2012

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Professor Robert Nola
Lecturer(s) Dr Denis Robinson

Recommended Reading

Brian Garrett, What is this thing called Metaphysics? 2nd. Edition, London, Routledge, 2011. ISBN: 9780415617222, or ISBN-10: 0415617227


Coursework + exam


PHIL 361: 15.0 points


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


PHIL 261

Online Resources

Course website.

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