Metaphysics (PHIL*3160) | College of Arts

Metaphysics (PHIL*3160)

Code and section: PHIL*3160*01

Term: Winter 2019

Instructor: John Hacker-Wright


A common way of thinking of the world is that it consists of objects with properties that persist through time while changing in different ways.  Yet there are deep puzzles about each of these basic, seemingly indispensable concepts.  What does it take to be an object?  How much can an object change without becoming a different object?  Are some of an object's properties essential to it?  Metaphysics is the business of proposing and debating answers to these questions and related questions.  This course introduces students to these debates.

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.