PHIL20039 The Nature of Reality
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:
Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 2x 1-hour lectures each week and 1x 1-hour tutorial (weeks 2-12) |
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One of the following subjects is recommended but not required:
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CoordinatorDr Dana Goswick
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Our central question in this subject will be the extent to which our everyday experiences are determined by the nature of the world itself versus the extent to which they're determined by the structure of our own minds. Our approach to this question will be multi-faceted, drawing on philosophical texts, films and literary works, as well as our personal experiences. In topic 1, the nature of the world, we'll discuss Realism, Idealism, and Skepticism. Is the world really as it seems intuitively to be to us (Realism) or is it just a projection of our minds (Idealism). In topic 2, the nature of the self, we'll examine (i) what changes you can undergo and still remain yourself, (ii) the extent to which your personality and mind are constructed by you vs. being given to you by nature or upbringing, and (iii) whether genuine relationships exist between you and others or whether it's mostly a projection on your part. In topic 3, the nature of time, we'll examine time. Does only the present moment exist or does reality consist of many moments of time - some past, some present, and some future? Is there really any such thing as time or is it, as Kant says, just a feature of our minds? Does contemporary physics show there's no such thing as time, or is there a way to reconcile the findings of physics with our intuitive view that time exists?
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On completing this subject students will:
Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After five days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.
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A subject reader will be available at the university bookshop at the beginning of semester.
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This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
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