What are the different categories of existing (and possible) things? What kinds of relations exist between these things? What is a person, and what are the constitutive elements of personal identity? What is the nature of causality and agency? What is time and how does it relate to temporal experience? These questions belong in the domain of metaphysics – a branch of philosophy that is concerned with the nature of reality. Metaphysics considers, among others, such basic concepts as existence, causation, possibility, and identity. This course will study these questions from traditional, contemporary and Africana perspectives.
- Taylor, Richard. Metaphysics. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1991.
- Conee, Earl, and Theodore Sider. Riddles of Existence: A Guided Tour of Metaphysics: New Edition. OUP Oxford, 2014.
- Loux, Michael J., and Dean W. Zimmerman, eds. The Oxford handbook of metaphysics. Oxford University Press on Demand, 2005.
- R. Paul Thompson, Ross E.G. Upshur – Philosophy of Medicine – An Introduction