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PHIL 340 Introduction to Metaphysics

Topics in metaphysics such as the nature of physical reality, personal identity, the mind/body problem, free will, causation and action theory. Readings from classic and contemporary texts.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Pre-reqs: (PHIL 240 is recommended.)


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
PHIL 340 001Web-Oriented Course1 Mon Wed Fri10:0011:00

Course Description: This course offers an overview of some main contemporary work on the question "What Exists?" (i.e. "Ontology"), and some main contemporary work on one main extension of this question: "Does Free-Will Exist?" We read papers by Russell, Quine, David Lewis, Harry Frankfurt, and Peter van Inwagen. COVID-19 notice: Lecture recordings will be posted on Canvas, you need not watch them live.

PHIL 340 002Web-Oriented Course2 Tue Thu14:0015:30

This course will have synchronous lectures that you are strongly encouraged to attend but will be recorded and available on Canvas. The course will have a discussion component that wont be recorded. So, overall attendance is expected.