Syllabus   Projects Updates   Contact


Course Description:

This course has four components.

Content: The Metaphysics Overview  In the first portion of the course, I’ll provide an introduction to a variety of topics within Metaphysics, such as Ontology, Modality, Causation, and Properties.  This will give you a foundation for further study in Metaphysics as well as tools for the second portion of the class.

Content: Applications of Metaphysics and Epistemology
  The second portion of this course will focus on how Metaphysics (and, if we have time, Epistemology) is relevant to our lives.  We’ll look at topics like the Metaphysics of Pregnancy, the Metaphysics of Death, and how our views of time and persistence may impact our views of rational decision-making.

Assignments:  Academic Writing
  This is a Gateway Course, one of the courses in which we give you an introduction to how to write Philosophy papers.  With this aim, we will have several writing workshop days where we work on different aspects of writing Philosophy papers:  argument-construction, outlining, introductions, responses to objections, etc.

Assignments: Alternative Forms of Presentation
  Academic papers are a central way academics are exposed to new philosophical content, but they don’t play that role for most people.  Typically, we consume new information via videos, podcasts, articles and editorials, Facebook posts, Instagram, etc.  One component of this course will be to take some form of information-dissemination and express philosophical content in that form.


Course Location:

Time: Tue/Thu 11:00am - 12:20pm

Space: VKC 201


Instructor Information:

Shieva Kleinschmidt

Office Hours: Thursdays 12:30-1:30, Stonier Hall 226