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

Metaphysics and Mind (PHIL*2370)

Code and section: PHIL*2370*01

Term: Winter 2020

Instructor: Ken Dorter


An exploration of major works in five traditions: Aristotle’s Metaphysics (the ontology of substance), Plotinus’ Enneads (emanationism), Spinoza’s Ethics (monism), Hegel’s Introduction to the Philosophy of History (dialectical idealism), and Heidegger’s Introduction to Metaphysics (phenomenological metaphysics).


The Philosophy of Aristotle (ed. Bambrough) Signet ISBN  978-0-451-53175-9

The Essential Plotinus (trans. O’Brien) Hackett ISBN 0915144093

Spinoza, Ethics (trans. Curley) Penguin ISBN 9780140435719

Hegel, Introduction to the Philosophy of History, (trans. Rauch) Hackett ISBN 0872200566

Heidegger, Introduction to Metaphysics 2nd edition, Yale ISBN 9780300186123


Course Requirements/Evaluation: One 2500 word essay (50%) or two 1250 word essays (25% each), and a final exam (50%). 


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.