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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Metaphysics: An Historical Survey
Module Code TP236
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Ian Leask
Semester 2: Ian Leask
Autumn: Ian Leask
Module TeachersIan Leask
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

An introduction to central topics in the field, covering issues such as: Being, identity, freewill and necessity, universals and particulars.

Learning Outcomes

1. engage in close analysis of philosophical texts
2. articulate and assess some key areas in the field
3. synthesize a range of concepts to form a coherent overview
4. comprehend and compare a range of different views in the field

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study103No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

what is metaphysics?
consideration of the scope and validity of the topic itself

What is a cause? What is an effect? What does it mean for one thing to cause something else? How have Western philosophers approached these questions?

What is freedom and free-choice? How do these differ from determinism? How have Western philosophers approached these questions?

What does it mean for something to be necessary rather than contingent? Are these descriptions 'real' - or only logical? How have these questions been approached?

How does something retain its identity over time? How much change is required to disperse identity? How have these issues been approached in Western philosophy?

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • E.J.Lowe: 2002, A Survey of Metaphysics, Oxford UP,
  • J.W.Carroll & N.Markosian: 2010, An Introduction to Metaphysics, Cambridge UP,
  • G.Watson (ed.): 2003, Free Will, Oxford UP,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)

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