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7AAN2047 Metaphysics

Credit value: 20
Module tutor: Professor Chris Hughes


  • Summative assessment: one two-hour exam (100%)
  • Formative assessment: two 1,500–2,000-word essays


  • Summative assessment: one two-hour exam (100%)
  • Formative assessment: two 1,500–2,000-word essays

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: one one-hour weekly lecture and one one-hour weekly seminar over ten weeks. 
Pre-requisites: none
Sample syllabus: 7AAN2047 module syllabus 2016-17.

This year, we’ll do:

  • Truth, Falsity, and the Metaphysics of Valuing
  • Truth and Inevitability
  • And (if there’s time) a bit on the Essentiality of Origin

Further information

Module aims

This module is intended to give students a better understanding of some central questions in contemporary metaphysics, with attention also given to their interrelations with philosophical logic. The precise topic under examination might vary from year to year, though it will be announced well in advance of the commencement of the academic year in question.

Learning outcomes
Getting a better sense of the options and defensibility of various views in current debates in metaphysics.
Past syllabi

7AAN2047 module syllabus 2012-13 (pdf)
7AAN2047 module syllabus 2013-14 (pdf)
7AAN2047 module syllabus 2014-15 (pdf)
7AAN2047 module syllabus 2015-16 (pdf)

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.

More detailed information on the current year’s module (including the syllabus for that year) can be accessed on KEATS by all students and staff. 

Core reading
  • D. Armstrong, A Theory of Universals
  • K. Campbell, Abstract Particulars
  • David Lewis, On the Pklurality of Worlds
  • R. Chisholm, “Beyond Being and Non-Being”
  • Terence Parsons, Non Existent Objects
  • Theodore Sider, Four Dimensionalism
  • T. Merriks, “Endurance and Indiscernibility”
  • J. Jarvis Thomson, Parthood and Identity Across Time
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The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

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