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
- What is Metaphysics
- Free will and determinism
- Laws of Nature
- Personal Identity
- Mental States
- Material Objects
- Virtual Reality
You must complete some Level 1 and 2 studies before starting this subject. Prior study in Philosophy is recommended.
No special requirements
This subject examines both traditional topics in metaphysics as well as metaphysical topics in other areas in philosophy. The first half of the subject 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 subject 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%)