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PHIL223 Metaphysical Questions

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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 PHIL223
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
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One PHIL paper or 72 points
PHIL 216, PHIL 313, PHIL 316 and PHIL 323
Schedule C
Arts and Music

This paper is recommended for students who have taken PHIL 101.

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Zach Weber

Paper Structure

Two lectures per week. Assessment by written essays and final exam.


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 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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Not offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system