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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See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module I level students will be able to:

11.1 show an understanding of central issues in contemporary analytic metaphysics;
11.2 engage in metaphysical speculation, orally and in writing;
11.3 demonstrate an ability to engage in detail with important texts of metaphysics;
11.4 consider how to engage others in the central issues of analytic metaphysics.

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