An Introduction to Metaphysics

What is reality? Metaphysics, 'the science of being', aims to describe reality at the highest level of generality. These lectures discuss material objects and ask whether reality also contains immaterial things. Do properties really exist? Does the soul? Does God? And how should we set about answering these questions?

This Short Course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

Assessment is 100% by coursework, in the form of an essay amounting to 2500-3000 words.

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

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  • How to apply

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First class: Wed 10-Jan-18 7pm-9pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSPL011H4ACB

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