PHIL3001 Metaphysics: a User's Guide to Time Travel

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Philosophy major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This is a unit about time travel. Students learn the core metaphysics that every good time traveller should know. They gain the resources to understand and think critically about time travel scenarios and are introduced to a range of different models of temporality. Students also gain an understanding of key concepts needed to successfully navigate their way around time such as causation, persistence and determination. The unit culminates in the investigation of temporal, causal and informational paradoxes, such as the grandfather paradox (can you murder your grandfather before your father was born?) and the autoinfanticide paradox (can you kill your infant self? If not, why not?).
Students are able to (1) independently interpret complex philosophical texts from both ancient and contemporary sources; (2) demonstrate an understanding of complex philosophical arguments and positions in central metaphysical topics; (3) evaluate complex positions and arguments in central metaphysical topics; (4) weigh the virtues and vices of competing metaphysical doctrines; (5) construct persuasive arguments concerning difficult metaphysical issues about the structure of reality; (6) demonstrate advanced written communication and research skills in expressing metaphysical concepts; and (7) reflect on the nature and purpose of metaphysical enquiry as it relates to other areas of philosophy.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examination; (2) assignments; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the assignments component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Clas Weber
Unit rules
any Level 2 Philosophy unit
Contact hours
lectures: 10 x 2 hours; tutorials: 10 x 1 hours
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