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Archived Curricula Guide 2012–2015
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FILA7 Metaphysics and Ontology 5 ECTS
Organised by
Degree Programme in Philosophy
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Curricula 2011 – 2012

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students understand and are more able to analyze the basic problems of ontology, which have been introduced in the basic course. They have become familiar with the whole field of metaphysics, both to its traditional questions and to contemporary discussion. They are capable of critically evaluate various metaphysical views, connect them with the questions of other fields of philosophy and the special sciences and both recognize and describe their specifically philosophical nature.


The study module deals with various problems of general metaphysics (or ontology) and of special metaphysics, such as the problem of universals, the mind-body problem, the problem of personal identity, social ontology, time, change, causality, determinism, the problem of free will, and the possibility of a being that transcends the human being.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In Finnish
In English
In Finnish
In English
Written exam 
In Finnish
In English


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

Choose either a or b:

a. Lowe, Jonathan 2002. A Survey of Metaphysics  


b. Loux, Michael 2002. Metaphysics: a contemporary introduction 


Marion, Jean-Luc 1998. Reduction and Givenness: Investigations of Husserl, Heidegger and Phenomenology

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School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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