Existence

Course Requirement Areas: 
Metaphysics and Epistemology
Term: 
Winter
Credits: 
4.0
Level: 
Doctoral
Type: 
Elective
Course Description: 

This course will investigate aspects of the philosophy of existence and being which touch on its relationship with the philosophy of language and mind, as well as with metaphysics. We will look at some of the history of the idea of existence in philosophy, and how it relates to the idea of being. We will examine and criticise the dominant 20th century conception of existence which derives from WV Quine, which links existence with certain quantified formulae in formalised versions of our best theories of the world. The course will then examine relationship between existence and non-existence; or, rather, it will examine claims about non-existence and how we should understand them, and it will locate the significant of this within a broader account of mind and language.

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