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Advanced Metaphysics and Epistemology - ARTS3364
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Course Outline: Contact School
 
 
Campus: Kensington Campus
 
 
Career: Undergraduate
 
 
Units of Credit: 6
 
 
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
 
 
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3
 
 
Enrolment Requirements:
 
 
Prerequisite: Enrolment in a major or minor in Philosophy and 72 uoc overall including 12 uoc at Level 2 in the major or minor
 
 
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 1 (more info)
 
   
 
Further Information: See Class Timetable
 
  

Description



This is a shelf course. A shelf course comprises a number of modules related to this broad area of study. Each module is a separate semester of study in this area and is offered in rotation. You can study TWO modules but you cannot study the same module twice.

Subject Area: Philosophy

Module: "Contemporary Metaphysics"
This module concerns one of philosophy's core areas — metaphysics. The aim of the module is to give students an awareness of some historically and philosophically important ideas and ways of thinking, along with an increased ability to engage critically and imaginatively with those ideas and those ways of thinking. Metaphysics is the philosophical study of what it is for something to exist — and of what fundamental kinds of thing do and can exist. And so we will consider some possible fundamental categories of being -- such as actuality, possibility, freedom, determinism, agency, identity, existence.

Module: "Contemporary Epistemology" (Semester 1, 2011)
This module concerns one of philosophy's core areas — epistemology. The aim of the module is to give students an awareness of some historically and philosophically important ideas and ways of thinking, along with an increased ability to engage critically and imaginatively with those ideas and those ways of thinking. Epistemology is the philosophical study of the nature and extent of knowledge. And so we will consider some theories of knowledge and its possible constituents, along with philosophical challenges to our actually -- or even possibly -- having knowledge or its constituents. What do we know? How do we know? Do we know at all? Indeed, are we even rational beings?

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