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Summer 2022 Philosophy S3601 section 001
METAPHYSICS

Call Number 10268
Day & Time
Location
MW 5:30pm-8:40pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Martina Botti
Type LECTURE
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description This course will survey topics in contemporary metaphysics. We will focus on material objects, time, modality, causation, properties, and natural kinds. We will begin by considering what objects there are in general (ontology) and what to say about certain puzzling entities (such as holes). Then we will turn to debates about material objects and puzzles about composite objects and the notion of parthood. Next is the issue of how material objects persist over time and survive change in their parts. We shall consider two important views on persistence. We then turn to two issues related to persistence: personal identity over time, and puzzles about time travel. This will lead us into the next part of the course on modality and causation, which concerns the notions of possibility, necessity, laws of nature, and causation. We will consider different views about 'possible worlds'. We will then consider the nature of laws and causation and then turn to the problem of free will. We will look at debates in the metaphysics of properties between realists and nominalists about properties. Then we'll consider causal powers, dispositions, and natural kinds. The section will conclude with problems about the metaphysics of socially constructed kinds such as race or gender.
Web Site Vergil
Subterm 05/23-07/01 (A)
Department Summer Session (SUMM)
Enrollment 4 students (25 max) as of 6:21PM Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Subject Philosophy
Number S3601
Section 001
Division Summer Session
Campus Morningside
Section key 20222PHIL3601S001

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