Metaphysics and Mind (PHIL*2370) | College of Arts

Metaphysics and Mind (PHIL*2370)

Code and section: PHIL*2370*01

Term: Winter 2018

Instructor: April Marratto


Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind are fundamental branches in the history of philosophy. This discussion-oriented class will look at how early modern philosophers answered questions such as: What does it mean to have a mind? What is the nature of free will? Can we create autonomous beings? In addition to writings from (but not limited to) Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, and Locke, we will also frame our discussion around Mary Shelley's famous work: Frankenstein.

Required Texts: 

Roger Ariew and Eric Watkins eds. Modern Philosophy 2nd ed. An Anthology of Primary Sources. Hackett Publishing Company. 

Mary Shelley. Frankenstein or ‘The Modern Prometheus’ the 1818 text. Oxford World Classics ed. 

Course Outline

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.