PHIL41180 Metaphysics (TCD)

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module will explore certain topics in contemporary metaphysics. We will focus primarily on the contemporary literature and debates within the metaphysics literature. The precise topics under consideration are likely to vary from year to year, though will be announced in advance of the beginning of the academic year. Potential topics would include, universals, levels of being, dispositions, essentialism, causation, laws of nature, mental causation, truthmaking, grounding, metaontology, and naturalised metaphysics.

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Learning Outcomes:

he aim of this module is to provide students with subject specific knowledge and to equip them with the necessary skills for independent research. On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

Critically discuss various central problems in metaphysics;
Engage with the contemporary literature within these topics;
Interpret, critically engage with complex topics and arguments;
Present ideas and arguments in a clear and rigorous way both orally and in writing;
Produce advanced levels of research (including identifying and using appropriate resources) through independent work with appropriate levels of guidance.

Indicative Module Content:

Levels of being
Laws of nature
Mental causation
Truthmaking, grounding
Naturalised metaphysics.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Project Supervision


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Small group seminars. In class discussion and student participation. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.  
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: A critical study of themes from contemporary analytic metaphysics. End of trimester MCQ n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  

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