Faculty of Arts
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered||Clayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)|
Caulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2014 (Off-campus)
|Coordinator(s)||Dr David Kaplan|
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.
Written work and exercises: 60%
One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Off-campus: no timetabled contact hours