Academic year
2010/2011
Teacher
Dan López de Sa
Department
Department of Philosophy
University
Universitat de Barcelona
Itinerary
Master courses
Module
Module 7. Issues in Contemporary Theoretical and Practical Philosophy
Code
564055
Credits
5
Language
English
Schedule
Thu. 11-13:30
Location
Room 402. Fac de Filosofia UB

Description

 

Description

[Provisional, more detailed information will appear here in due course.]
Introduction to Metaphysics, through the discussion of some of the core issues:
1. Abstract Entities
2. Causation and Laws of Nature
3. Modality and Possible Worlds
4. Personal Identity
5. Time
6. Persistence
7. Free Will
8. Mereology
9. Metaontology

 


Methodology

The seminar will be vertebrated by the discussion of the papers in Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics, edited by Sider, Hawthorne, & Zimerman (Blackwell 2008). There will be ten two and a half hour sessions. Except for the first introductory one, sessions will begin by short critical presentations by students, followed by open general discussion, led by the instructor.


Evaluation

 

40% presentation and participation in the discussions
60% two short critical essays (2000-3000 words approx), in connection with two of the nine sections.

 


Bibliography

 

Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics, edited by Sider, Hawthorne, & Zimerman (Blackwell 2008).
Further references to be provided in due course.