Metaphysics is the science of being as being. It is the most abstract and difficult branch of philosophy, but also the most rewarding because it involves our ultimate interpretation of reality. In this course students will be introduced to the classical interpretation of reality along with alternative modern interpretations. Students will be equipped to:

  • demonstrate familiarity with the major metaphysical theories including monism, dualism, moderate realism, nominalism, materialism, radical idealism, pessimism, et cetera.
  • define the core ideas of classical metaphysics including essence, existence, truth, goodness, and beauty
  • demonstrate and explain the reality of essences, the real distinction of existence and essence, and the existence of the first cause of being
  • identify and critique key metaphysical ideas that continue to impact contemporary culture.

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Course Content

Lessons Status

General Introduction to Metaphysics


Monism and Atomism: Instructive Failures


The Science of Being according to Thomas Aquinas


Substance Available on: March 22, 2019 12:00 am


Essence Available on: March 29, 2019 12:00 am


Universals Available on: April 5, 2019 12:00 am


Existence and the Real Distinction Available on: April 12, 2019 12:00 am


God is the First Cause of Being Available on: April 22, 2019 12:00 am


Truth and Goodness Available on: April 29, 2019 12:00 am


Immanuel Kant, Critical Idealism, and Absolute Idealism Available on: May 3, 2019 12:00 am


Heidegger, Existentialism, and Postmodernism Available on: May 10, 2019 12:00 am


Retrospective: Oblivion or Luminosity Available on: May 17, 2019 12:00 am