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Ann Michelle Baker
PHIL 456
Seattle Campus

Metaphysics

Examination of such topics as freedom of the will, the nature of persons and personal identity, the existence of God, time, necessary truth, and universals. The emphases vary from year to year.

Class description

In this course, we will study two closely related topics: free will and moral responsibility. It is very hard to do justice to either topic without understanding the other. We will start with readings focusing on the free will debate, and by the time we move on to the readings focusing on moral responsibility, it will become clear that one of the most important questions in this area is whether moral responsibility requires free will (in any of its different conceptions). There will be several short writing assignments, as well as a term paper required. This is a "capstone course" restricted to philosophy honors students. *Meets I&S requirement. Honors. For Philosophy Honors students only. Add code required. For add code email gsgould@u.washington.edu. *TEXTS: Xeroxed readings.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Beverly A Wessel
Date: 01/31/2006