This unit explores the fundamental philosophical questions which inform the whole of reality: What is existence? What is real, and what is merely appearance? What is the relation between being and becoming? What are universals? What is change? How can something change and yet remain itself? What is the relationship between freedom and determinism? It will consider the ideas of key thinkers, ancient, medieval and modern, and examine the relevance of metaphysics today.
Communicate a sophisticated and critical understanding of the theories, assumptions and terminology of some important philosophies of first principles
Identify the intention, purpose and context of important texts in the history of metaphysics, and assess their implications for philosophical thinking as such
Situate the topics studied within the wider framework of western metaphysics and demonstrate an understanding of the differences between historical approaches
Illustrate the significance and consequences of the topics and approaches of metaphysics for related areas in philosophical and theological enquiry
Set out a sustained critique of a philosophical position
30 points of philosophy at second level
Lectures, discussions, In-class exercises
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2-hour take-home examination
4 short essays comprising 2000 words total
One of the variations set out here is chosen by the lecturer/unit coordinator prior to the start of the unit, in conjunction with the Dean, and is published in the unit outline. The lecturer may choose different variations for different levels in the same unit.
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2017
Unit record last updated: 2019-10-03 11:34:42 +1000