Chance and Existence

Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

College of Arts and Law


Code 24356

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 2

Other pre-requisites 60 credits of philosophy

Module description

This course aims to explore questions about the universe and existence in relation to chance, possibility, causation, and explanation. We shall look at questions like: Does every fact have an explanation? Why is there anything at all? Is it possible that there could have been absolutely nothing? Can the universe as a whole be the product of accident? Can there be chance in a deterministic world? Can we infer that there is a multi-verse from the fact that our universe seems to be fine-tuned for life? Can we infer that it is probable that the human race will be extinct quite soon?

Teaching and learning methods

Taught through lectures and seminars