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Instructor Info:Christoph Cox
Office Extension x5604
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 4
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 4
Description: What is ultimately or fundamentally real? What is the nature of being? Is reality ultimately physical or nonphysical? Is it one or many, visible or invisible, discrete or diffuse, eternal or temporal? Philosophers have offered the wildest and most varied answers to these questions. Today, metaphysical debates continue to rage within philosophy, cultural theory, and social theory. In this course, we will survey a range of metaphysical theories, from ancient Greek, Indian, and Chinese ontological theories up through the most recent debates in European and Anglo-American philosophy. In the final weeks of the course, each student will produce his or her own metaphysical treatise, presenting a metaphysical position, providing rigorous arguments for it, and defending it against alternatives. Readings from Heraclitus, Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, the Buddha, Nagarjuna, Lao Tsu, Samkara, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Bergson, Heidegger, Whitehead, Derrida, Butler, Harman, and others.