The Place of Persons
This course is no longer being offered.
An introduction to the practice of philosophy through the study of key questions concerning the nature of persons and their place in the world. Topics covered will include, 'Reason and Religion', 'The Mind-Body Problem', 'Personal Identity', 'Free Will, Determinism, and Responsibility', and 'The Objectivity of Values'. These topics together constitute some of the core problems of metaphysics. Most thoughtful people have reflected at least some on these issues; many people have quite developed views and intuitions about them. A key aim in the course will be to make these views and options explicit, and to reason carefully about them.