Edward N. Zalta, Philosophy Department
Offices: Cordura 226 (CSLI) and 91B (Philosophy)
Phone: 723-0345 (Cordura), 723-0985 (91B)
Electronic Mail: zalta@csli
Mailboxes: Ventura Hall and Building 90 Lounge
Office Hours: At Bldg 90: W 2-3; At Cordura: by appointment
Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 1:15 P.M., 200-30
This course covers many of the traditional topics in metaphysics: the ontological proof for the existence of God, the problem of universals, the nature of the world (facts, events, states of affairs and situations), the problem of fiction, the nature of possibilities and possible worlds, and the analysis of causality and counterfactuals. The basic question addressed in the course is, other than physical entities and physical principles, what other kinds of entities and principles must we appeal to in order to accurately describe the world?
This is a four unit course. Besides doing the reading and coming to class, you will be required to:
NOTE: The following course schedule is tentative and subject to change. Such changes, if any, will be announced in class. The reading assignments should serve two purposes: to help you pace yourself and to indicate the date by which the assignment should be read. However, if you can do so, you might prefer reading ahead, for this will better prepare you for the lectures. We may not lecture on all of the readings, though you are expected to read them all.
DATES THE PAPERS ARE DUE
1. No late papers will be accepted, nor incompletes given, unless special permission is obtained from the professor in advance. Permission to turn in a late paper is given at the price of a grade penalty (one-half grade for each day it is late), unless there is a genuine emergency or the circumstances are exceptional in some other way. Late papers received without advance permission will be penalized one full grade for each day it is late.
2. Reevaluations: Students may request a reevaluation of a paper if they feel that it has been incorrectly graded. The work must be resubmitted to the professor within one week of the date the paper was graded and returned.