PHI3500: Introduction to Metaphysics 3

Description: This course will be a topical introduction to central themes in metaphysics, a branch of philosophy that tries to answer the fundamental questions about the nature of reality. In the course we will carefully consider accounts of causation, the relation of freedom and determinism, laws of nature, personal identity, mental states, time, material objects, and properties. The philosophical questions to be discussed include: What makes it the case that one event causes another event? Is free will compatible with determinism? What are material objects? Given that material objects exist, do such things as properties exist? What makes it the case that a person may exist at two different times?