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PH251 - Metaphysics

  • Module code: PH251
  • Module name: Metaphysics
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Metaphysics is the study of the fundamental nature of reality. The course begins with a consideration of the nature of persisting material objects and their parts. Then we turn to a discussion of persons and their identity over time. Next we consider the properties of material objects, and in particular the distinction between primary and secondary qualities. Finally we address questions of the nature and substance of metaphysical questions themselves. There are reading suggestions for these topics on the module website.

Principal learning outcomes

"By the end of the module the student should be able to: 1.understand, analyse and apply key theoretical approaches in contemporary metaphysics, and explain the issues at stake in debates between them. 2.identify and assess different argumentative strategies used in metaphysics to address specific questions, and articulate central theoretical concepts that inform different answers to those questions; 3.develop and defend their own judgement about competing views in metaphysics, and express themselves clearly and with precision; 4.recognize the distinctive contributions that various quite different approaches make to philosophical argument in metaphysics, and the challenge of integrating these different contributions; arrive at a defensible conception of the nature of metaphysics itself."

Timetabled teaching activities

There is normally one lecture per week and one seminar per week over the duration of one term.

Departmental link

https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/philosophy/undergraduate/modules/ph251

Other essential notes

Please note that attendance at both lectures and seminars and completion of any unasssessed or required work is a requirement of this module

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PH251-15)
A1 (Assessed work only) 1500 word essay 15%
  2500 word essay 85%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year students only) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year) (VL79) - Year 4
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy (GV17) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy (GV17) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations (GV19) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations (GV19) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations (GV19) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Philosophy (V1V5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (V700) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (V700) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (wiith Intercalated year) (V701) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (wiith Intercalated year) (V701) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Computer Science (V7G5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Computer Science (V7G5) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MM) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MQ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MS) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (V7Q8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (V7Q8) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 4