PHIL4104 Advanced Metaphysics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Philosophy [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Metaphysics is the study of the fundamental nature of reality. This unit covers a range of topics in metaphysics, which may include but is not limited to: (1) issues surrounding the fine metaphysical structure of reality, focusing on concerns involving ontological dependence and determination; (2) issues in meta-metaphysics and meta-ontology concerning the role and nature of metaphysical investigation in rational enquiry more generally; (3) the relationship between truth and being; (4) the nature of essences and dispositions; (5) the nature of information and its relationship to reality; (6) the nature of metaphysical explanation; (7) specific metaphysical issues such as the nature of colour, time, causation; and (8) free will and personal identity. Students investigate these issues through the work of Fine, Lewis, Putnam, Russell, Schaffer, Sider and Quine (among others).
Students are able to (1) strengthen generic intellectual skills such as analysing and critically assessing arguments, constructing and expressing their own arguments, and constructing and expressing explanations of phenomena; (2) develop a critical understanding of the core philosophical issues related to metaphysics, including the nature of modality, time, causation, impossibility and the nature of being; (3) develop public speaking and professional presentation skills; (4) develop critical writing skills; and (5) develop core research skills in preparation for research-oriented postgraduate work and/or research-oriented work outside of the University.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an essay; (2) participation; and (3) test. 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 participation component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Miri Albahari
Unit rules
sufficient units in the relevant major at the specified standard for entry to the honours specialisation
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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