Department of Philosophy

Metaphysics

Major in Philosophy: Metaphysics 

The department offers a wide selection of courses for philosophy majors interested in metaphysics. 

1306 Reality, Thinking, and the Self
3 credit hours

Students will examine autonomy as a concept and evaluate its appropriateness as an educational goal. Students will be challenged to consider the role of education in their personal growth and development, as well as possibilities for their own agency in this development. 

2327 Classic Readings in Philosophy of Mind
3 credit hours

Students will study writings on mind by important philosophers from antiquity to the twentieth century. 

2328 The Mind-Body Problem
3 credit hours

What is the relation between your thoughts and feelings and whatever is happening simultaneously in your brain and the rest of your body? This course introduces students to arguments for and against a variety of answers to this question. 

2329 Thoughts, Emotions, and Intentions
3 credit hours

Students in this course investigate the nature of consciousness, feelings, and motivation. 

2330 Philosophy of Religion
3 credit hours

A philosophical examination of the nature and rationality of religious belief and practice. 

2345 Greek Philosophy: The Presocratics and Plato
3 credit hours

A brief examination of Greek philosophy before the time of Socrates followed by careful readings of selected dialogues by Plato. 

2346 Greek Philosophy: Aristotle and The Hellenists
3 credit hours

A study of Aristotle’s views (focusing on topics in metaphysics, psychology, knowledge, and ethics), together with a brief examination of several Hellenistic philosophers. 

3000 Metaphysics
6 credit hours

Metaphysics seeks to determine whether we can know any general truths about the world. What is it to exist? What is it to be an individual? What are the fundamental kinds of things and relations? Consideration is given to the principal metaphysical theories that form part of the Western philosophical tradition, e.g., materialism, idealism, dualism, and monism. The course will also consider the major problems and concepts of metaphysics, e.g., time, space, substance, essence, free will, determinism, and causality. 

3442 Early Modern Philosophy: The Rationalists
3 credit hours

A critical examination of the works from this movement, focusing on the areas of metaphysics and epistemology. Descartes, Malebranche, Spinoza, and Leibniz are among the philosophers typically studied. 

3443 Early Modern Philosophy: The Empiricists
3 credit hours

A critical examination of the works from this movement, focusing on the areas of metaphysics and epistemology. Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume are among the philosophers typically studied. 

3444 Later Modern Philosophy: Kant
3 credit hours

A lecture and seminar course on Kant’s theory of knowledge. 
3448 Philosophy of Science

3 credit hours
An introduction to the main problems of the philosophy of science designed to familiarize students with some of the contemporary analyses of scientific concepts and methods. 

3454 Philosophy of History
3 credit hours

A critical study of the philosophical views on the course of human history (its pattern, purpose, and value) and an examination of the aim, nature, and validity of historical knowledge.

3455 Existentialism: The 19th Century
3 credit hours

A lecture and seminar course examining the 19th century origins of the existentialist movement in contemporary philosophy, with specific investigation of the writings of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. 

3456 Existentialism: The 20th Century
3 credit hours

A lecture and seminar course examining the 20th century expression of the existentialist movement in contemporary philosophy, through close study of the writings of Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, and others.

3457 Continental Philosophy
3 credit hours

This course is a study of one or more topics or figures in recent or contemporary phenomenology, hermeneutics, or deconstruction. Philosophers discussed in the course may include Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer, Levinas, Foucault, and Derrida.