Metaphysics - PL612

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 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

10 x 2-hour weekly lecture & 10 x 1-hour weekly seminar


Also available under code PL611 (Level 5)

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.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the module will have:

12.5 maintained and enhanced their existing skills in critical analysis and argument through an engagement with the outcomes listed in 11, both through their reading and through listening to others;
12.6 deepened their ability to make complex ideas understandable in their philosophical writing, and focussed on precision and clarity;
12.7 deepened their ability to make complex ideas understandable in their public speaking;
12.8 be confident in working autonomously and taking responsibility for their learning.

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