Courses & Units

Philosophy 2: Mind and Metaphysics HPH102

This unit is being phased out and may not be offered next year, please consider your study plan accordingly. You will be able to enrol in the unit where there is an availability noted below.


Philosophy 2: Mind and Metaphysics explores key philosophical questions about human identity and our place in nature. Through an examination of historical and contemporary philosophical texts, from Western and Eastern traditions, the unit explores the nature of persons and the nature of the world as we experience it. These themes will be pursued by asking questions such as:

  • Is a mind more than just a brain?
  • Do we have free will?
  • Is there an enduring self?
  • Could the world be an illusion?
  • Does science give us knowledge?
  • What is time? Is time travel possible?
  • What reason have we for thinking there is or is not a God?.

This unit provides an introduction to the world's oldest academic discipline and will help students to develop the rigorous thinking that is the hallmark of philosophy-a skill that is transferable to almost any walk of life. This unit complements HPH104 Introductory Philosophy: Moral and Political Philosophy, but can be taken independently of that unit.


Unit name Philosophy 2: Mind and Metaphysics
Unit code HPH102
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies

Dr. David Coady

Teaching staff

Prof. Dirk Baltzly, Dr David Coady, Dr Richard Corry (Hobart) Dr James Chase (Launceston and Distance)

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Read, evaluate, and critique philosophical texts and arguments.
  2. Examine your own ideas and develop reasoned arguments for a position.
  3. Communicate your ideas and reasoning in both written and verbal form.
  4. Appreciate the importance of asking questions, examining assumptions, and looking for reasons.
  5. Competently address key metaphysical and epistemological problems in philosophy.


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HPA182, HPA105, HPA102


Teaching Pattern

On campus: 2-hr lecture and/or seminar (13wks), 1-hr tutorial weekly (12 wks)

Off campus: the equivalent of the on campus contact hours facilitated through MyLO


Task 1: Tutorial/MyLO participation (15%)

Task 2: Weekly quizzes (15%)

Task 3: Essay (35%)

Task 4: Take home exam (submitted via MyLO) (35%)

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