PHL411 Metaphysics and Epistemology (16)


This subject deals with central topics in metaphysics and epistemology, including the mind-body problem, the problem of free will and determinism, whether there is a god, the relation between language and the world, the nature of knowledge and of how such knowledge is possible, the question of realism versus idealism, to name some. It will proceed by way of engagement with influential texts by classical and contemporary philosophers.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHL411
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Students may enrol in this subject only if they gain admission into the BA (Hons) in philosophy. Students will need access to the internet.
Related subject(s)
PHL406 PHL410 replaces PHL406

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate a familiarity with current developments in the area of philosophy covered
- be able to distinguish the main current theoretical responses to current problems in metaphysics and epistemology
- be able to make use of theories and concepts studied in the subject
- be able to demonstrate the analytic skills necessary to engage with the intellectual materials at this level


The subject will cover the following topics:
A selection from: - The mind-body problem - The problem of free will and determinism - God's existence - The relation between language and the world - The nature of knowledge and of how such knowledge is possible - Realism versus idealism - Personal identity - Natural kinds - Causation - Truth - Perception - Space and Time - Action Students will write four essays and therefore will cover four of these topics in depth.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.