PHIL4104 Advanced Metaphysics
- 6 points
|Semester 1||UWA (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_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.