What is time? Does time exist? How does our experience of time relate to time in science? How does time pass? What is ‘the present’ and is it special somehow? Does time have a direction? Is there any real difference between past and future? What is the connection between time and space? How is time travel possible? This course will provides an overview of some of the important issues in philosophical and scientific discussions about the nature of time.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify philosophical issues about time.
- Understand and explain puzzles about how time appears in
our experience and in science.
- Evaluate some rival philosophical theories of time.
- Understand arguments for and against contentious views in
the philosophy of time.
- Articulate positions and arguments in discussions.
1 x 2000 word essay (40%) (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
1 x 2500 word essay (50%) (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Tutorial participation (10%) (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8011||21 Jul 2025||28 Jul 2025||31 Aug 2025||24 Oct 2025||In Person||N/A|