Metaphysics

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Philosophy

Course Number: 
332
Institution: 
Amherst College

Metaphysics is the investigation, at the most fundamental level, of the nature of reality. It has been an especially vibrant area of philosophy in recent years, and we will read some of the freshest and most important work in the field. Among the questions to be considered are: What is existence? Is there more than one kind of existence? Are there merely possible things? Could you have been a poached egg (Tichy)? What is possibility anyway? Can things really change, or do they last for no more than a moment, or both? When are several things parts of some greater whole, and why? Is a statue identical to the lump of clay from which it is fashioned? How can you destroy the statue, yet not destroy the clay? Thinking through such basic questions leads to surprising perplexities and surprising insights. Readings by Quine, Kripke, Lewis, Van Inwagen, and others. 

Requisite: One course in philosophy. Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Vogel.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Schedule #: 
PHIL-332-01-1213S

Course Sections

Metaphysics
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Jonathan Vogel

jmvogel@amherst.edu

TTH 02:30PM-03:50PM

CONV 209