Viewing: PHI 330 : Metaphysics

Last approved: Tue, 02 Oct 2018 08:00:56 GMT

Last edit: Tue, 28 Aug 2018 12:32:37 GMT

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Major
PHI (Philosophy)
330
017231
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Metaphysics
Metaphysics
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Philosophy and Religion (16PHI)
38.0101
Philosophy.
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Alternate Years
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
John Carroll
Professor of Philosophy

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture4040NoNone
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: One PHI course

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PHILBA B. A. In Philosophy Elective
16PHILETH Philosophy-BA Sub-Plan Philosophy Ethics Concentration Elective
16PHILLAW Philosophy-BA Sub-Plan Philosophy of Law concentration Elective
16PHILBS Philosophy-BS Elective
16PHILLOG Philosophy-BS Sub-Plan Logic, Representation and Reason Elective
16PHM Minor in PhilosophyElective
Problems of metaphysics, including such topics as: possibility and necessity, paradoxes of time travel, nature of space and time, free will and determinism, causation, mind-body problem and identity-over-time.

No revision. GEP-HUM review required.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Humanities
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Students completing this course will be able to identify and analyze many questions about time, free will and personal identity with depth and rigor, making arguments using reasons and evidence.
 
 
Assessment: Longer paper assignment. (Example assignment: Present William Grey's No-Destination objections to the possibility of time travel: one can’t travel to temporal locations that don’t exist, namely the past and the future. Then present Phil Dowe's reply to the objections of Grey that you have presented. Finally, critically discuss the dispute between Grey and Dowe.)
 
 
Students completing this course will be able to compare and evaluate leading philosophical theories about time, causation, personal identity, fatalism and free will and their modal interrelations.
 
 
Assessments: 2 short papers, midterm exam, final exam, short homework assignments. (Sample essay question: Present the Fatalist Argument, which absolves us of all moral responsibility and counsels irenic acceptance of fate. What is Aristotle's reply to the argument? In what way does it rely on a rejection of the Principle of the Excluded Middle? Give an example that shows that Aristotle's position is at odds with common sense.)
 
 
Students completing this course will be able to assess the validity and soundness of deductive arguments and to assess the plausibility of theories.
 
 
Assessments: 2 short papers, midterm exam, final exam, short homeworks, longer paper. (Example prompt for homework: Put physicist David Deutsch’s bilking argument - which maintains that the causal order must be the temporal order, or else the effect might occur but the cause then get prevented - in premise and conclusion format. Is this argument is deductively valid?)
Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
na
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
na
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
none
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
none
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
See syllabus.
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
See syllabus.
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
none
The course is part of Professor Carroll's regular load.

GEP suffices


Student Learning Outcomes

GEP suffices


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Short Paper102 @ 5; see syllabus
Homework105 @ 2; see syllabus
Midterm20see syllabus
Major Paper20see syllabus
Final Exam25see syllabus
Participation15see syllabus
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Time travel15 wksSee syllabus
GER>GEP Providing last approved information
Last approved syllabus- 1992
No university approved GEP information found in records
Catalog description changed with no change to course content-2013

CIM Notes:
Course objectives added from last approved syllabus
16 weeks added as course length based on university standards
GEP attribute indicated (box checked)
Course delivery needed in CIM
GEP measures and outcomes needed in CIM
Grading/evaluation method needed in CIM
Student Learning Outcomes needed in CIM

Syllabus Notes:

Syllabus review of last approved syllabus based on Syllabus Regulations page: https://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-20-07/

The following statements which can be found at the above link should be added to the syllabus:
-Students with Disabilities
-Academic Integrity
-PRRs
-Electronic Components

The following components should be added to the syllabus:
-Instructor information including office location, hours, and contact information
-Course prerequisites
-GEP information including categories, measures, and outcomes
-Student Learning Outcomes (measurable)
-Course description that includes catalog description as it is listed in CIM
-Any course components (labs, etc.)
-Projected schedule based on 16 week semester
-Grading/evaluation methods
-Instructor's policies on late work and attendance

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