Reflect on philosophical topics of free will, time and personal identity. Unpack what defines art and how it might differ from artefact. Consider the relationship between virtual and physical entities. Question the fundamental nature of reality.
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- 27 Jul 2020
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- apply understanding developed through course material, readings and research to explain key problems in Metaphysics and responses to them.
apply advanced skills in critical analysis and reflection to respond to the problems and theories introduced in the unit.
clearly communicate your own perspective on the views and arguments presented in the unit.
contribute to the learning of the group by engaging constructively in philosophical discussion and activities.
- Free will and determinism
- Laws of Nature
- Personal Identity
- Mental States
- The Metaphysics of God
- Time Travel
- The Metaphysics of Art
- The Metaphysics of Artefacts
- The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must complete some Level 1 and 2 studies before starting this subject. Prior study in Philosophy is recommended.
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This unit examines some central themes in traditional and contemporary metaphysics. We will begin by examining traditional topics such as causation, free will, laws of nature, personal identity, mental states, and time. Some of the questions we will look at are: Do we have free will or are our actions determined by the laws of nature? How does the mind relate to the brain? Will my personal identity persist over time? What is the nature of time? Is time travel possible? We will also examine a range of metaphysical topics in other areas such as philosophy of art, philosophy of technology, and philosophy of religion.
- Essay Plan (5%)
- First essay (30%)
- Participation (10%)
- Quizzes (15%)
- Final essay (40%)
An Introduction to Metaphysics
Carroll, J.W. & Markosian, N.
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