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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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Learn basic theories and approaches in metaphysics
- Learn to express your opinion and interpretations of philosophical readings
- Learn to close-read and evaluate a philosophical text
- Learn to write a philosophical argument and essay
- 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
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Standard Media
- Web links
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.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 both traditional topics in metaphysics as well as metaphysical topics in other areas in philosophy. The first half of the unit is structured around 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? Does time flow or is it static? The second half of the unit is devoted to a critical examination of metaphysical topics in other areas in philosophy such as philosophy of art, philosophy of technology, and philosophy of religion. Some of the questions we will look at are: What defines a work of art? How can we distinguish between a work of art and an artifact? What is the nature of virtual entities and how do they differ from physical entities? Does god exist?
- Short Essay (30%)
- Essay 2 (40%)
- Participation (15%)
- Quizzes (15%)