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PHIL 309


  • Course ID:PHIL 309
  • Semesters:1
  • Department:Philosophy
  • Course Rank:Required
  • Teachers:Lawrence Kaiser

Description and Objectives

This semester-length course will offer a very brief and age-appropriate introduction to the subject of “metaphysics”, considered the highest and most noble of the rational sciences and the highpoint of liberal education.

In addition to giving students a nascent sense of common metaphysical realities and judgments throughout one’s normal day, the course hopes to offer students the intellectual tools by which they encounter “glimpses” of reality as the fruit of philosophical judgment and contemplation – and the beginning of wisdom.

Topics covered:

·      The term “metaphysics”

·      Metaphysics as a “science”

·      Terms, principles, and their defense

·      Relationship between metaphysics and other sources of human knowing

·      Metaphysics and the modern mind

·      Metaphysics & the modern university

·      Metaphysics & the fragmentation of human knowledge


  • Clavell, Luis.  Metaphysics.  Sinag-Tala Press.

Course Requirements

Course requirements and grading criteria:

  1. Quizzes(60% of the total/quarter): these will occur each Thursday(the day before, if ‘floater’ hits the course). There is a re-take policy for quizzes and is as follows:
    1. If a student determines he wishes to attempt a “re-take” of the preceding week’s written quiz, this must be done during the lunch hour of the following Monday(“Make-up Monday”). The make-up quiz is oral and consists of several questions. The two quiz scores are averaged for a final score for that particular quiz grade.
    2. If a student happens to miss the regularly scheduled quiz on Thursday for a legitimate health, personal, or familial reason, that particular quiz must be made up before the following Thursday (i.e. within 7 days).There are no make-up quizzes offered for a missed, scheduled quiz.  If the student does not take the initiative via email to establish a time/day so as to make-up with the quiz within that time, the score reverts to a “0”.
  2. Tests(40% of the total/quarter): there will be two (2) tests each quarter.  There are no re-takes offered for tests.

Successful Students

The hallmark of any academically successful student is diligence.  In our circumstances, it is a “forward leaning” disposition towards academic work – its care and completion.

The acquisition of this virtue should be highly sought-after for its applicability not only to academic studies, but a host of non-academic contexts throughout one’s life.

Students can even have little interest in a given subject (like “metaphysics”), but still exhibit a diligence toward assignments or in tackling course difficulties, and yet remain academically successful within the course.