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Critical Metaphysics (PHL205)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Metaphysics is the philosophical discipline concerned with the ultimate 'nature' of reality, the ontological status of the components of the real world, and the necessary conditions for knowledge of such things. Our investigations will focus on the metaphysical positions of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Hume and Kant. Key issues include: space and time, subject and object, cause and effect, core aspects of the mind, and the relative merits of Rationalist versus Empiricist approaches to these issues.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
Other Learning Experiences Internal students complete two 45-minute quizzes, one in mid-term, one at end of term; external students complete a final exam.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PHL218 Critical Metaphysics cannot enrol in this unit for credit.
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Appears in these Minors Philosophy
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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