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PHIL223 Metaphysical Questions

Investigations into the nature and structure of existence. What sorts of things are there? What are possible worlds? How is change possible?

Metaphysics asks basic questions about existence, time, possibility, infinity and more. We then test answers to these questions as analytically as we can. In this paper we will read classic and contemporary works of philosophy, focusing on four main questions. What is the most general structure of the world? What is our place in the world? Are there many worlds? And why is there a world at all?

Paper title Metaphysical Questions
Paper code PHIL223
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
One PHIL paper or 72 points
Restriction
PHIL 323, PHIL 216, PHIL 313, PHIL 316
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will acquire
  1. The ability to present and assess philosophical arguments (both written and verbal) to an acceptable standard, especially in the area of metaphysics
  2. A broad awareness and grasp of what is at issue in debates in metaphysics
  3. A demonstrated ability to explain and assess philosophical positions and arguments and to think critically and independently about them
  4. The ability to develop and analyse philosophical reasoning collaboratively in group discussion
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Textbooks
Metaphysics: The Big Questions (2nd Edition) edited by Peter van Inwagen and Dean W. Zimmerman.
Contact
zach.weber@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Zach Weber
Paper Structure
Two lectures per week, approximately 90 minutes each. Weekly assigned readings and in-class presentations. Assessment by written essays and final exam.
Eligibility
This paper is recommended for students who have taken PHIL 101, but there are no prerequisites.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 14:00-15:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 14:00-15:50 9-15, 17-22

Investigations into the nature and structure of existence. What sorts of things are there? What are possible worlds? How is change possible?

Metaphysics asks basic questions about existence, time, possibility, infinity and more. We then test answers to these questions as analytically as we can. In this paper we will read classic and contemporary works of philosophy, focusing on four main questions. What is the most general structure of the world? What is our place in the world? Are there many worlds? And why is there a world at all?

Paper title Metaphysical Questions
Paper code PHIL223
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One PHIL paper or 72 points
Restriction
PHIL 323, PHIL 216, PHIL 313, PHIL 316
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
This paper is recommended for students who have taken PHIL 101, but there are no prerequisites.
Contact
zach.weber@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Zach Weber
Paper Structure
Two lectures per week, approximately 90 minutes each. Weekly assigned readings and in-class presentations. Assessment by written essays and final exam.
Textbooks
Metaphysics: The Big Questions (2nd Edition) edited by Peter van Inwagen and Dean W. Zimmerman.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will acquire
  1. The ability to present and assess philosophical arguments (both written and verbal) to an acceptable standard, especially in the area of metaphysics
  2. A broad awareness and grasp of what is at issue in debates in metaphysics
  3. A demonstrated ability to explain and assess philosophical positions and arguments and to think critically and independently about them
  4. The ability to develop and analyse philosophical reasoning collaboratively in group discussion

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard