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PHIL 180: Metaphysics (PHIL 280)

Intensive introduction to core topics in contemporary metaphysics. What is the fundamental structure of reality? Is it objective? What's the difference between concrete and abstract entities? How can there be truths about what is possible or necessary, if only the actual exists? What is it for an event to be determined by its causes? Is the world purely physical? Does science answer all of these questions? If not, is there some other way to answer them? Prerequisites: PHIL 80, PHIL 150, and one course in contemporary theoretical philosophy ( PHIL 181 to PHIL 189).
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II
Instructors: Hussain, N. (PI)

PHIL 188A: Explanation (PHIL 288A)

We talk about explanations all the time whether in everyday conversations or in physics, chemistry, medicine, engineering, or economics. But what is an explanation? What is needed in order to have an explanation of something? Are there fundamentally different kinds of explanation? Are there distinctive forms of explanation in mathematics or metaphysics? Does all explanation have to do with causation? Do all explanations need to be backed by laws? Do explanatory relations determine the fundamental structure of reality? Instructor Permission Required. Prerequisites: PHIL 60, PHIL 80, PHIL 150, and one course in contemporary theoretical philosophy ( PHIL 180 to PHIL 189); or equivalent courses.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4
Instructors: Hussain, N. (PI)

PHIL 288A: Explanation (PHIL 188A)

We talk about explanations all the time whether in everyday conversations or in physics, chemistry, medicine, engineering, or economics. But what is an explanation? What is needed in order to have an explanation of something? Are there fundamentally different kinds of explanation? Are there distinctive forms of explanation in mathematics or metaphysics? Does all explanation have to do with causation? Do all explanations need to be backed by laws? Do explanatory relations determine the fundamental structure of reality? Instructor Permission Required. Prerequisites: PHIL 60, PHIL 80, PHIL 150, and one course in contemporary theoretical philosophy ( PHIL 180 to PHIL 189); or equivalent courses.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4
Instructors: Hussain, N. (PI)
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