Academic Catalog 2020–2021

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PHL303 Metaphysics

[3–0, 3 cr.]

Metaphysics is the broad philosophical study of the basic form, structure, essence, and elements of reality or “being,” and in its classical form it tries to provide a unified account of how the cosmos hangs together and what makes the cosmos what it is. This course may variously emphasize metaphysical topics in religion, physics, and/or mind. Overall, the course will survey philosophers’ quest to grasp the basic nature of reality (perhaps with that of some physicists and biologists who have recently joined philosophers in their timeless quest).