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Metaphysicians ask fundamental questions concerning the general nature of the world. Instead of the "pop" metaphysics seen in bookstores [with a focus on the occult, flying saucers, or contacting dead relatives], we will focus on topics of central concern to academic philosophers, such as the nature of consciousness, personal identity, time, change, and universals. Our course will be an introductory survey of the major areas of academic, analytic metaphysics. That term "analytic" implies there will be no mumbo-jumbo as in the cartoon above.  Phil. 131 is a metaphysics course, but it is devoted to a single topic: religion. Phil. 153 also is a metaphysics course, but it too covers a single topic: mind. 

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