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


Also available under code PL611 (Level 5)

Method of assessment

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

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

Demonstrate systematic understanding of both key and wider concepts relating to central issues in contemporary analytic metaphysics;
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;
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;
Consider how to fruitfully engage others in the central issues of analytic metaphysics through structured use of research-based materials.


  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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