by University of New Orleans
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Doing philosophy requires
using reason to resolve a fundamental question. Fundamental questions about the
existence of things, the nature of things, the essence of things, or of reality itself, are metaphysical questions. Metaphysics is the subfield of philosophy
devoted to answering these sorts of questions. Metaphysical questions can be
found not only throughout all of Western philosophy, they are found in every
philosophical theory, approach, and subfield. Consequently, we shall make no
attempt to survey the history of metaphysics, or, what Aristotle called ‘first
philosophy’. Rather, we shall focus on exploring some key metaphysical questions,
including the following:
What is the nature of necessity?
Can God’s existence be “proven” through reason
alone? (the cosmological argument, the teleological argument, and the
How can evil exist if God is both all-good and
all-powerful? (the problem of evil)
Is the world as it appears to us? Is there a
difference between how things are and our ideas of them? (realism vs. idealism)
What is the relation between the mind and the
body? (the mind-body problem)
What is the nature of identity?
What makes you you? (the problem(s) of personal
What makes a person a person?
What is the nature of identity? What is the
nature of personal identity?
Do persons have free will or are their actions
What exists? What is the nature of being? What
does ‘to be’ mean?
Do universals exist or only particulars?
What is the nature of causation? (the problem of
|1||PHIL 3400: Syllabus||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||PHIL 3400: Game Plan||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||Lecture 02: What is metaphysics? (video)||--||54:27||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||Lecture 03: Introduction to statements and conceptual analysis (video)||--||1:03:36||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||Lecture 04: Arguments (video)||--||1:12:16||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||Lecture 05: Aquinas - The cosmological argument (video)||--||45:08||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||Lecture 06: Paley - The teleological argument (video)||--||49:35||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||Lecture 07: Anselm - The ontological argument (video)||--||40:11||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||Lecture 08: Mackie - Evil and omnipotence (video)||--||28:20||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||Lecture 09: Plato's idealism (video)||--||49:13||Free||View in iTunes|
|11||Lecture 10: Locke's realism (video)||--||1:00:14||Free||View in iTunes|
|12||Lecture 11: Berkeley's idealism (video)||--||32:40||Free||View in iTunes|
|13||Lecture 12: Kant's Idealism (video)||--||34:38||Free||View in iTunes|
|14||Lecture 13: Russell on idealism and truth (video)||--||36:50||Free||View in iTunes|
|15||Lecture 14: Dummett on realism and antirealism (video)||--||39:33||Free||View in iTunes|
|16||Lecture 15: Descartes - Dualism (video)||--||44:07||Free||View in iTunes|
|17||Lecture 16: Locke on personal identity (video)||--||38:49||Free||View in iTunes|
|18||Lecture 17: Place - On identity theory (video)||--||30:22||Free||View in iTunes|
|19||Lecture 17: Links (.pptx)||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|20||Lecture 18: Ryle - Descartes' myth (video)||--||30:51||Free||View in iTunes|
|21||Lecture 19: Harman - Selections from Thought (video)||--||46:56||Free||View in iTunes|
|22||Lecture 20: Nagel - What is it like to be a bat? (video)||--||48:09||Free||View in iTunes|
|23||Lecture 21: Chisholm - Identity through time (video)||--||35:34||Free||View in iTunes|
|24||Lecture 22: Lewis - On the plurality of worlds (video)||--||33:29||Free||View in iTunes|
|25||Lecture 23: Parfit - Personal identity (video)||--||34:20||Free||View in iTunes|
|26||Lecture 24: Hume on causation (video)||--||26:04||Free||View in iTunes|
|27||Lecture 25: Armstrong on universals (video)||--||32:43||Free||View in iTunes|