PHIL 535 - Topics in Metaphysics
Section: 001 Survey of Metaphysics of Science
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
PHIL,Graduate standing in Philosophy or permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Recent years have seen a convergence between metaphysics and the philosophy of science, as philosophers of science examine increasingly metaphysical questions (concerning science as a whole as well as specific sciences) and as metaphysicians increasingly consider their subject matter in scientific or quasi-scientific terms. This course will be a graduate-level survey of work in scientific metaphysics. As such, it will be pitched at a general philosophy audience, and in particular, readings will be chosen for their clarity and simplicity in presentations of relevant science.

We will cover topics including the theory of quantities, laws of nature, symmetry arguments in metaphysics, the metaphysical consequences of quantum theory, and meta-metaphysics. Readings will be selected from such contemporary figures as Jessica Wilson, Shamik Dasgupta, Alyssa Ney, Kerry McKenzie, Marc Lange and Jill North. We will close out the semester with several sessions looking at Ted Sider's Locke Lecture manuscript, "The Tools of Metaphysics and the Metaphysics of Science."

PHIL 535 - Topics in Metaphysics
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001 (LEC)
P
31738
Open
14
14Graduate Standing
-
Tu 4:00PM - 6:30PM
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