Fall 2011 Schedule of Courses
PHILOSOPHY 612A: METAPHYSICS
SECTION 1, 3:30 - 4:45 P.M.
PROFESSOR TOMIS KAPITAN
D. M. Armstrong, A World of States of Affairs, 1997 ed.
Alexander Bird, Nature’s Metaphysics, 2007 ed.
Peter Van Inwagen, Material Beings, 1995 ed.
Additional readings on Blackboard
This course is an in-depth survey of some of fundamental concepts, issues, proposals, and theories in contemporary metaphysics. Among the topics that will be taken up and explored in some detail are the following: the nature of metaphysical inquiry; identity: properties and relations; states of affairs and propositions; dispositions; necessity and possibility; the distinction between abstract and concrete; causation; laws of nature.