PHIL 740

Metaphysics 1


This is a course on the metaphysics of social reality. We will examine contemporary problems to do with sex, gender and race through the lenses of analytic metaphysics. We will also take a closer look at the theories of metaphysics on which some of these social issues hang. Some of the questions addressed in this course include, Are there essential male and female characteristics? These days it is possible to be transexual, but is it possible to be trans-racial? Can we be essentialists about any social kinds? Does anything in the world even have essential properties? If so, how can we tell?

Assessment: Coursework only

Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022


Lecturer(s) Dr Raamy Majeed


PHIL 740: 15 points