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PHIL 023. Metaphysics

Metaphysics addresses the most general question about how things are. The goal is understanding the structure of reality: What kinds of entities exist? What are their most fundamental and general features and relations? Specific metaphysical issues raise traditional questions about God, Freedom, and Immortality and contemporary issues about causation, possibility, and personal identity. Metaphysicians with seminal opposing positions include the pre-Socratic Parmenides and Heraclitus (change); Plato and Aristotle (reality), Locke and Leibniz (people), and our contemporaries Saul Kripke and David Lewis’62 (possibility).
Prerequisite: First- and second-year students must complete one course in PHIL 001 -PHIL 010 , or PHIL 012A , before enrolling in this course.
1 credit.
Fall 2017. Raff.
Fall 2018. Raff.
Catalog chapter: Philosophy  
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