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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22

PHIL 80.05 Metametaphysics

In this course, we will examine the nature and methods of metaphysics. Are ontological debates genuine debates, or do at least some of them involve pseudo-questions or merely terminological disputes? If they are genuine questions, how can we best find answers to them—or must the answers remain unknowable? Is there a privileged conceptual system for revealing the true ‘structure of reality’? We will address these and other questions, with texts from Carnap and Quine through to the present.


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Distributive and/or World Culture


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