Course Code
PHIL 0140
Course Type
Subject Credit
Course Availability

Metaphysicians explore some of the most basic and fundamental issues in philosophy. One central topic in this course focuses on realism and its alternatives; a debate that examines the extent to which the world is independent of our cognition of it. A number of key topics concern persons and agency, including: the nature of persons; the persistence of persons over time; and whether we possess freedom of the will. The course also covers philosophical questions concerning time, properties and universals, and composition and mereology. 

Sample reading: 

E.J. Lowe, A Survey of Metaphysics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)

Raymond Martin and John Barresi, eds., Personal Identity (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003) 

D. H. Mellor, Real Time II (London: Routledge, 1998) 

D. H. Mellor and Alex Oliver, Properties (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997)

Hilary Putnam, Reason, Truth and History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981)

Peter Van Inwagen, An Essay on Free Will (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983)