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Metaphysics and epistemology are two, intimately related, core areas of philosophy. This unit introduces students to contemporary debates about both, and about the relation between our views on reality and what we can know about that reality. The metaphysical issues discussed may include the nature of time, space, personal identity, causation, possibility, the nature of properties, relations, and numbers. The epistemological issues will include the nature, structure, and extent of our knowledge, and the justification of our beliefs.

Summary 2020

Unit name Contemporary Metaphysics and Epistemology
Unit code HPH210
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies
Teaching staff

Dr. David Coady, Dr. Richard Corry

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



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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

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

HPS204,HPS304, HPA208, HPA308


Teaching Pattern

2 x 1 hrs lectures weekly, 1 x 1hr tutorial fortnightly (13 wks)


3000 words internal assessment (60%) take home exam submitted by MyLo  (40%)

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