PHIL 241 Fall 2013 Contemporary Metaphysics (W)

In this course, we will examine a number of issues in contemporary metaphysics. Possible topics include: realism and anti-realism, the problem of universals, the nature of necessity, causation, material constitution, the nature of time, personal identity, and freedom of the will. While we will be concerned to place our discussions of these issues in historical context, almost all of the reading for the class will consist in articles written by contemporary philosophers working in what is sometimes called the "analytic" tradition.
Class Format: lecture and discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: two long papers (at least one of which will be re-written), short response papers, and active participation in class
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Prerequisites: one PHIL course; familiarity with formal logic helpful but not required
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: PHIL Contemp Metaphysics & Epistemology Courses
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 10-15
Class Number: 1400
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PHIL241-01(F) LEC Contemporary Metaphysics (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Keith E. McPartland
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Pareksy 220 1400
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