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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHIL3522 The Structure of Reality

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Professor Steven French

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

PHIL2542 Introduction to Metaphysics or
PHIL2521 Realism & Anti-Realism

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should have a reasonably detailed grasp of, and be able to think independently about, a number of interrelated metaphysical issues that have a particularly close connection with the philosophy of science.


Overall theme: As Being is concerned with that exists, this module looks at what it is that imposes a structure on what exists: laws of nature, space, time, causality, etc.

The issues concerned naturally fall into two groups:
(a) Those concerned with causation, laws and natural kinds. Topics here would include some or all of the following: laws and law-statements, dispositions, causal asymmetry, counterfactuals, probability, determinism, natural kinds, essentialism.
(b) Those concerned with space and time. Topics here would include some or all of the passage of time, time without change, the boundaries of space and time, infinite divisibility, time travel, disunified space and time.

Topics linking both parts of the module would be the direction of time and the causal theory of time order.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours173.00
Total Contact hours27.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Seminar Preparation: 113 hours
Essay writing: 60 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be asked to hand in work during one seminar each week which can form the basis of discussion with module leader in office hours.
They will be invited to submit draft essay/mock exams prior to formal assessment. The module leader will comment on these on request.
Students will be invited to prepare and present material during seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 word essay50.00
Essay1 x 2,000 word essay50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 14/08/2018


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