Metaphysics - PL611

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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5 30 (15) DR GA Forbes







How does truth relate to existence? This module looks at the connection between truths and the things that make them true. We consider questions relating to the connection between truth and ontology (or existence) concerning time, persistence, possibility, generality, composition, and causation. We will look at how these issues are discussed in contemporary analytic metaphysics. We will explore both what solutions looking at the connections between truth and ontology might offer, whether this approach to the problems is useful, and how best to communicate the problems we discuss.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

3 hours per week for 10 teaching weeks


Also available under code PL612 (Level 6)

Method of assessment

100% Coursework

Preliminary reading

Indicative Reading List

Bardon, A. and Dyke, H. (2013) A Companion to the Philosophy of Time, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
Beebee, H., Menzies, P. and Hitchcock, C. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Causation, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Hawley, K (2001) How Things Persist, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Lewis, D. K. (1986) On the Plurality of Worlds, Oxford: Blackwell
Mellor, D.H. and Oliver, A. (1997) Properties, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Tallant, J. (2011) Metaphysics: An Introduction, London: Continuum.

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Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the module will have:
• Gained an understanding of some of the major arguments concerning the nature of reality. (c.f. Philosophy Programme Specification 11.iii, 12.A.ii)
• Through their study of these arguments, students will have engaged critically with some of the central philosophical issues in this area concerning the nature of reality. (PPS 12.A.ii, 12.A.iv)
• Through their study of these arguments, students will enhance their understanding of various theories of such metaphysical problems as identity, modality, causality, and the nature of space, time and entities. (PPS 12.A.iv)
• Acquired the ability to engage in a close critical reading of some of major texts in metaphysics (PPS 11.ii, 12.A.i)
• Acquired the ability to engage in a close reading of some important texts of metaphysics.

The module will thus contribute to the aims and objectives of the Part II Philosophy programme by enabling students to acquire familiarity with themes in a major area of philosophy, to gain knowledge of some of major works in the history of philosophy and to engage critically with them.

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