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Metaphysics - Part 1

Metaphysics - Part 1

Metaphysics is the study of things in their ultimate causes. As such, the specialty of metaphysics is that it seeks the final explanation or the ultimate causes of things precisely in so far as they are, in so far as they exist, or in so far as they are real. Aristotle called it “First Philosophy” or “Theology” since it leads to the first principle or the ultimate explanation of all things.

ECTS Credits: 6
Professor: Glen Morris

Description :

Metaphysics is the study of things in their ultimate causes. As such, the specialty of metaphysics is that it seeks the final explanation or the ultimate causes of things precisely in so far as they are, in so far as they exist, or in so far as they are real. Aristotle called it “First Philosophy” or “Theology” since it leads to the first principle or the ultimate explanation of all things.

 

Educational achievements

At the end of this course, students will have:

  • Excellent foundation for continuing their studies
  • Acquired experience and confidence in reading, comprehension and text analysis.
  • Students will be able to use it in other courses or projects.

 

Evaluation methods :

Student will provide a written assignment (between 3 and 5 pages) by treating a subject to choose from those proposed.

 

Bibliography :

  • Tresmontant. Christian Metaphysics. London:1965 

  • Emerich Coreth. Metaphysics. New York:1968 

  • Van Steenbergen. Ontology. Louvain:1970 

  • George P. Klubertanz, S.J. Introduction to the Philosophy of Being. New York: 1955 

  • Joseph M. Mauceri, M.D. Ethics and Human Life. Chicago: 2001 


Contents :

Chapter 1: Introduction

Section 1.1-­‐ What we term ‘Metaphysics’

1.12-­‐ The study of ultimate causes
1.13-­‐ After or beyond Physics

Section 1.2-­‐ Scientific Knowledge and Metaphysics

1.21-­‐ The First Level of Scientific Knowledge
1.22-­‐ The Second Level of Scientific Knowledge
1.23-­‐ The ThirdLevel of Scientific knowledge
1.24-­‐ The Object of Metaphysics
1.25-­‐  Division of Metaphysics
1.26-­‐ Importance of Metaphysics

Section 1.3-­‐ The Concept of Being

1.31-­‐ Comprehension & Its Extension
1.32-­‐ Comprehension
1.33-­‐ Extension
1.34-­‐
1.35-­‐ Genus or Difference
1.36-­‐ Not both
1.37-­‐ Being as fundamental concept
1.38-­‐ Something exisiting
1.39-­‐ It is real; it exists

Section 1.4: The least possible comprehension
1.41-­‐ Concept of Being
1.42-­‐ Most simple
1.42-­‐ Most undetermined
1.43-­‐ Most potential
1.44-­‐ The greatest possible extension

Section 1.5: The least possible comprehension
1.51-­‐ By a ‘being of reason’ we mean something that has existence only in the mind as an object of thought

Chapter 2: The Analogy of Being

Section 2.1-­‐ A Term

Section 2.2-­‐ Two Types of Equivocal terms

Section 2.3-­‐ The Analogy of Attribution

Section 2.4-­‐ The Analogy of Improper Proportionality

Section 2.5-­‐ The Analogy of Proper Proportionality

Section 2.6-- The concept of being is an analogous concept

Chapter 3: The Properties of Being

Chapter 4: Potency & Act

Chapter 5: Essence & Existence

Chapter 6: Substance & Subsistence

Chapter 7: ACCIDENTS


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