Metaphysics - PL612

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 30 (15) DR GA Forbes

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

None

2018-19

Overview

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.

Details

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Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 32

Availability

Also available under code PL611 (Level 5)

Method of assessment

• Essay 1 (2,000 words) – 35%
• Essay 2 (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)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module, Level 6 students will be able to:

8.5 Demonstrate systematic understanding of both key and wider concepts relating to central issues in contemporary analytic metaphysics;
8.6 Engage critically in metaphysical speculation, and defend a position with respect to some of the central issues in the field of metaphysics, through their study of the relevant arguments;
8.7 Demonstrate the ability to accurately deploy established techniques of analysis and enquiry when reading some of the major philosophical texts in the field of metaphysics, and demonstrate an understanding of the different and sometimes conflicting approaches to this discipline in contemporary research;
8.8 Consider how to fruitfully engage others in the central issues of analytic metaphysics through structured use of research-based materials.

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