Theoretical Philosophy

Metaphysics

At its core, the study of metaphysics is the study of the nature of reality, of what exists in the world, what it is like, and how it is ordered.

In metaphysics philosophers wrestle with such questions as:

  • Is there a God?
  • What are space and time like?
  • Is the world strictly composed of matter?
  • Do people have minds? If so, how is the mind related to the body?
  • Do people have free wills?

Fall 2015 Metaphysics Courses:
PHILOS 101 – Introduction to Philosophy (U, HU)
PHILOS 192 – First-Year Seminar: How to Get a Time Machine: Lessons from Philosophy (U, HU)
PHILOS 204 – Introduction to Asian Religions (U, HU)
PHILOS 232 – Topics in Philosophy: Philosophy and the Sciences for Everyone (U, HU)
PHILOS 250 – Philosophy of Religion (U, HU)
PHILOS 351 – Philosophy of Mind (U/G)
PHILOS 532 – Philosophical Problems: Mental Representation (U/G)
PHILOS 960 – Seminar in Metaphysics: Conceivability and Possibility

Epistemology

Epistemology is the study of knowledge. It is primarily concerned with what we can know about the world and how we can know it.

Typical questions of concern in epistemology are:

  • What is knowledge?
  • Do we know anything at all?
  • How do we know what we know?
  • Can we be justified in claiming to know certain things?

Fall 2015 Epistemology Courses:
PHILOS 101 – Introduction to Philosophy (U, HU)
PHILOS 215 – Belief, Knowledge, and Truth: An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge (U, HU)
PHILOS 232 – Topics in Philosophy: Philosophy and the Sciences for Everyone (U, HU)
PHILOS 516 – Language and Meaning (U/G)