PHIL 298 - Topics in Philosophy
Winter 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Metaphysics is a subfield of philosophy that addresses questions about things like the existence of physical objects, the structure of space and time, the nature of possibility, and more. Many contemporary metaphysicians are interested in questions having to do with the nature of objects: when do some physical objects compose a further object? How much change can physical objects survive? Are there only things that are made up of physical objects or are there also “abstract” objects, like properties or numbers? Introduction to Metaphysics: Art and Ontology is an introductory survey course that — in collaboration with UMMA — uses art objects to explore some of the core questions of analytic metaphysics.

For example, how many objects do we encounter in Endless Line Series II 6 Holes by Hatakeyama Norie? Is the art work just the box or does it include the flat material used to construct it? What about the holes named in the title? Are they “absences”, or things? Students will consider this and other works on display as case studies, to better understand central debates in metaphysics.

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This course is a part of the Curriculum/Collection project at UMMA. While there may be opportunities for in-person visits to the museum, the course will be taught entirely online. Seminars will be held synchronously, with accommodations for occasional asynchronous participation if necessary.


PHIL 298 - Topics in Philosophy
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001 (REC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Metaphysics and Art

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