Academic year
2012/2013
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
Dates
2013-02-22 - 2013-05-24
Schedule
Fri. 14-17
Location
Room 401, Fac. Filosofia, UB

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. Modality and Possible Worlds
3. Personal Identity
4. Time
5. Persistence
6. Vagueness
7. Kinds and Arbitrariness
8. Mereology
9. Metaontology


Methodology

The seminar will be vertebrated by the discussion of the papers in the Bibliography . Except for the first introductory one, sessions will begin by short critical presentations by students, followed by open general discussion, led by the instructor.

Sessions:  three-hour sessions (2’5 presentation & discussion; 0’5 tutorials)

 

 

 

 


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).
Constitution Is Not Identity, Mark Johnston(1992), Mind, Vol.101.
Many, but Almost One, David Lewis (1993), in Ontology, Causality and Mind: Essays in Honour of D M Armstrong, edited by Bacon (Cambridge University Press). Reprinted in his Papers in Metaphysics and Epistemology (1999), (Cambridge University Press)
Strange Kinds, Familiar Kinds, and the Charge of Arbitrariness, Daniel Korman (2010), in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, edited by  Zimmerman (OUP)
Further references to be provided in due course.