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Instructor Info:Jonathan Westphal
Office Extension x6848
TA Info:Carter Gill
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 221
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 221
Description:

This course is study of the key fundamental problems in metaphysics. What is a thing? Is it the same as what it is made of? What is the difference between a thing a property? What kind of thing is a cause? Do necessity and possibility exist, like things, or what is their status in the world of being? Possible worlds. In what way do space and time exist? Persistence through time: does anything endure? Do space and time have a beginning and an end? What is the relationship between the mental and the physical? Freewill. The problem of universals: does anything universal exist, or is everything a particular? Prerequisite: A course in philosophy.

Evaluation Criteria:

Two double-spaced 6pp. Essays (20% each)

Mid-Term (20%)

Final (20%)

Problem Sets (20%)

No more than FOUR unexcused absences — only documented medical or other emergency reasons are acceptable excuses.

Additional Info:

Readings:

Michael J. Loux e.d., Metaphysics: Contemporary Readings, London & N.Y., 2012. 2nd ed.