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ATS1835

Faculty of Arts

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Joshua May

Notes

Previously coded PHL1080

Synopsis

ATS1835 is an introduction to metaphysics. It deals with questions about the nature of time, causation, human freedom, personal identity and the possibility of artificial intelligence. An unusual feature of the subject is that each topic is introduced by way of science fiction stories in which metaphysical issues are explored. So the first topic takes off from a discussion of time travel.

Objectives

On completing this subject students will have an understanding of some main theories in metaphysics and will have reflected on the impact of recent developments in science and philosophy on our most fundamental views about ourselves and our place in the world. The subject will further develop capacities for critical thought by introducing students to the systematic study of techniques for the evaluation of arguments and reasoning. and reasoning.

Assessment

Written work and exercises: 60%
Exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Joshua May

Contact hours

one 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Philosophy

Prohibitions

ATS1372

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at:

http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/philosophy/ugrad/firstyear/phl1080.php