Tyler W. Hildebrand
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.
Metaphysics is the discipline that seeks to answer the following question: What is the nature of ultimate reality? This class is organized around contemporary debates in the metaphysics of properties (including the problem of universals), laws of nature, and modality (facts about what is possible or necessary). Along the way, we'll explore debates about causation, dispositions, counterfactuals, truthmakers, and possible worlds. NOTES: Students will receive "W" credit for this course. At least two previous courses in philosophy recommended. No freshmen. [Writing credit offered.] TEXTS: 1) David Armstrong, "Universals: An Opinionated Introduction"; (2) David Armstrong, "What Is a Law of Nature?"
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