Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2017Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code AHH04001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 現代思想
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Modern Thought
ミヤゾノ ケンゴ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Tues1-4:IAS K311
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 23 : Philosophy
Eligible Students  
Keywords Metaphysics 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Criterion referenced
Integrated Arts and Sciences
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding of the importance and characteristics of each discipline and basic theoretical framework.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability and skills to specify necessary theories and methods for consideration of issues.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・The general ability to discover issues based on the ethics in research and subjective intellectual interests, and make planning to solve them.
・The ability to conduct research proactively by combining knowledge,  understanding, and skills for the tasks, based on flexible creativity and imagination. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This course offers an introduction to the major problems in metaphysics, which is the branch of philosophy that deals with the fundamental questions about the nature of reality. Topics include; possibility & necessity, causation, free will, personal identity, physical objects, and properties.  
Class Schedule 1 Introduction
2 Possibility & Necessity
3 Causation
4 Free Will
5 Personal Identity
6 Physical Objects
7 Properties
8 Conclusion 
There is no required textbook for this course. Suggested readings include;

   Conee, E., & Sider, T. (2014). Riddles of Existence: A Guided Tour of Metaphysics. Oxford University Press.
   Armstrong, D. M. (1989). Universals: An Opinionated Introduction. Westview. 
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Preparation and
Lecture handouts and PowerPoint slides will be downloadable from the lecture website.  
Grading Method Grading will be based on short essays (50%) and classroom contribution (50%). 
Message Anyone with questions or comments is welcome to visit me during my office hours. 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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