Faculty of Arts
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|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered||Clayton First semester 2013 (Off-campus)|
Caulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2013 (Off-campus)
|Coordinator(s)||Dr Josh May (First semester); Dr David Kaplan (Second semester)|
Previously coded PHL1080
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.
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.
Written work and exercises: 60%
Dr Josh May (First semester); Dr David Kaplan (Second semester)
one 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week