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PHIL323 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 focus on questions such as: 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 PHIL323
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 200-level PHIL paper
Restriction
PHIL 216, PHIL 223, PHIL 313, PHIL 316
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
zach.weber@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Course co-ordinator and lecturer: Associate Professor Zach Weber

Paper Structure

Assessment by written essays and final exam.

Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught via two lectures per week.

Textbooks

Required: Ney, Alyssa. (2014). Metaphysics: An Introduction. Routledge: London.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will develop

  • The ability to present and assess philosophical arguments (both written and verbal) to an acceptable standard, especially in the area of metaphysics
  • A broad awareness and grasp of what is at issue in debates in metaphysics
  • A demonstrated ability to explain and assess philosophical positions and arguments and to think critically and independently about them
  • The ability to develop and analyse philosophical reasoning collaboratively in group discussion

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Timetable

Not offered in 2022

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

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 focus on questions such as: 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 PHIL323
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2023 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 200-level PHIL paper
Restriction
PHIL 216, PHIL 223, PHIL 313, PHIL 316
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

philosophy@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Heather Dyke and Associate Professor Zach Weber

Textbooks

Required: Ney, Alyssa. (2014). Metaphysics: An Introduction. Routledge: London.

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 develop:

  • The ability to present and assess philosophical arguments (both written and verbal) to an acceptable standard, especially in the area of metaphysics
  • A broad awareness and grasp of what is at issue in debates in metaphysics
  • A demonstrated ability to explain and assess philosophical positions and arguments and to think critically and independently about them
  • The ability to develop and analyse philosophical reasoning collaboratively in group discussion

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Timetable

Semester 1

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 16-22
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 16-22