Subject details

  • Topics
    • What is Metaphysics
    • Causation
    • Free will and determinism
    • Laws of Nature
    • Personal Identity
    • Mental States
    • Time
    • Material Objects
    • Art
    • Artifacts
    • Virtual Reality
    • Religion
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. Learn basic theories and approaches in metaphysics

  2. Learn to express your opinion and interpretations of philosophical readings

  3. Learn to close-read and evaluate a philosophical text

  4. Learn to write a philosophical argument and essay

  • Assignment 1 - Short Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Participation (15%)
  • Assignment 4 - Quizzes (15%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

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?

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