Metaphysics - Ontology and Colloquium on Classical Philosophical Texts (ćwiczenia) - 2017/2018

Course description
General information
Lecturer:Ks. mgr Kingsley Ekeocha
Organising unit:Faculty of Philosophy - Instytut Filozofii
Number of hours (week/semester): 1/15
ECTS code:00000-0300-0301CWI0000
Language of instruction:English
Course objective
1.Understanding of the specificity of metaphysical knowledge and distinguishing its from other types of knowledge
2.Overview of the different concepts of entities and metaphysics with an indication of the sources and consequences of differences
3.Understanding of contemporary metaphysics and its cultivating
4.Providing of beings understanding by indicating the reasons for their existence and activities
5.Differentiating between metaphysics and ontology
1.Basic knowledge of high school
2.General knowledge of physics and cosmology
3.Basic skills of philosophical texts understanding
Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes:

Student knows the specificity of metaphysical knowledge
Student knows the basic issues of metaphysics
Student knows the specificity of metaphysical explanation and argumentation
Student is able to explain in reasoning way the metaphysical problems, to point out their causes

Skills (knowing how to act):
1. One is able to use the metaphysical method in solving of various philosophical problems.
2. One is able to explain and describe in reasoning way the reality.
3. One is able to analyze philosophical systems, to show their assumptions and
4. One knows how to choose the right tools for explanation of the metaphysical problems.

Social Competence (values - knowing how to be):
1. One can explain in reasoning way the problems and present the metaphysical arguments.
2. One is able to present own metaphysical knowledge and defend its rationality.
3. One knows how to evaluate the rationality and objectivity of the argumentation.
Teaching method
The method of lecture, discussion, commentary
Course content description
During the first part of the classes there will be discussed the issues concerning the way of understanding the philosophy in general and its role on the background of other sciences. Then the role and meaning of metaphysics in philosophy will be discussed and the question of the history of the term \"metaphysics\" (\"ontology\") will be taken into consideration, as well as the questions of the specificity of the object of metaphysics and metaphysical cognition and of the ways of metaphysical explanation and justification. At the same time there will be shown and demonstrated the importance of metaphysics for the works and statements that can be found on the ground of the
cultural studies; the relation \"nature-culture\" is to be presented in this context, too, as well as the philosophical foundation of dividing the culture. Second part of the classes is designed to trace a process of the understanding cognition of the world which is provided by metaphysics. The cognition of that kind proceeds by separating the common (transcendental) features of beings, such as: being a thing (determined as to its content), being something individual which is a bearer of the truth, good and beauty.
Forms of assessment
Two colloquia a semester, some presentations for the evaluation on the topics connected with the lecture \"Metaphysics - Ontology\".
Attendance in classes
Required reading list
A. Maryniarczyk, Notebooks on Metaphysics. The monistic and dualistic interpretation of reality, Vol.1, trans. H. McDonald, Lublin: Polskie
Towarzystwo Tomasza z Akwinu 2010.
A. Maryniarczyk, Notebooks on Metaphysics. The pluralistic interpretation of reality, Vol.2, trans. H. McDonald, Lublin: Polskie Towarzystwo
Tomasza z Akwinu 2011.
M.A. Krapiec, Metaphysics, An Outline of the History of Being, trans. M. Lescoe, A. Woznicki, Th. Sandok, New York, Mariel Publication 1991.

J. Owens, An Elementary Christian Metaphysics. Houston: Center for Thomistic Studies 1985.
G.P. Klubertanz SJ, Introduction to the Philosophy of Being. New York 1955.
J.E. Wippel, The Metaphysical Thought of Thomas Aquinas, Catholic University of America Press 2003.
Field of study: Philosophy
Course listing in the Schedule of Courses:
Year/semester:Year I - Semester 2
Number of ECTS credits: 0
Form of assessment: Grade