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THE NATURE OF REALITY
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Australia - University of Melbourne - 'Australian Universities'
UC Course SubjectPhilosophy
Number & Suffix: 122
Full UC Title: THE NATURE OF REALITY 
Transcript Title: NATURE OF REALITY 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: The central question in this course is the extent to which our everyday experiences are determined by the nature of the world itself versus the extent to which they are determined by the structure of one's own mind. The approach to this question is multi-faceted, drawing on philosophical texts, films and literary works, as well as personal experiences. In Topic 1, Our Access to the External World v. The External World In-Itself, students discuss Realism, Idealism, and Skepticism. Is the world really as it seems intuitively to be (Realism) or is it just a projection of the mind (Idealism). In Topic 2, Time, students look at the nature of time. Does only the present moment exist or does reality consist of many moments of time - some past, some present, and some future? Is there really any such thing as time or is it, as Kant says, just a feature of the mind? Does contemporary physics show there is no such thing as time, or is there a way to reconcile the findings of physics with the intuitive view that time exists? In Topic 3, Event and Causation, students look at different philosophical accounts of events and causation. Students ask questions such as: Are any events instantaneous? Do all events involve change? Is causation a necessary relation of a contingent one? 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: THE NATURE OF REALITY 
Partner University Department: Philosophy 
Partner University Course Number: PHIL20039