Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


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.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 42
Private Study Hours: 258
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Mid-term Essay (2,000 words) – 35%
Final Essay (2,000 words) – 35%
Group Poster Presentation (20 minutes) – 30%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Bardon, A. and Dyke, H. (2013) A Companion to the Philosophy of Time, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
Hawley, K (2001) How Things Persist, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Lewis, D. K. (1986) On the Plurality of Worlds, Oxford: Blackwell
Tallant, J. (2011) Metaphysics: An Introduction, London: Continuum

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate critical understanding of central issues in contemporary analytic metaphysics;
2 Engage critically in metaphysical speculation through their study of the relevant arguments;
3 Demonstrate an ability to engage in a close critical reading of some of major philosophical texts in the field of metaphysics;
4 Consider how to engage others in the central issues of analytic metaphysics.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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