Save up to 11% on the price of your tickets! It's easy... Become a member today! If you are already a member, log in to get your member rate. Metaphysics: A Philosophical Exploration of Ultimate Questions All-Day Weekend Program on Zoom Saturday, July 24, 2021 - 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Code: 1K0111 Tickets Login $80 - Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $90 - Non-Member Resize text remove add Aristoteles by Francesco Hayez, 1811 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Metaphysics is not a relic of past thought, but a lively intellectual discipline that is still being practiced today. It is the branch of philosophy that concerns itself with what is fundamental or basic to reality. Greek thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle proposed sophisticated theories that underwent transformations as they encountered Jewish, Muslim, and Christian thinking in subsequent centuries—and skeptical challenges and surprising renewals in the modern era. Michael Gorman, a professor of philosophy at The Catholic University of America, leads a whirlwind tour of historical and contemporary controversies in search of the nature of the ultimate reality. 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. An Overview of Metaphysics A look at its nature, problems, and history. 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The Problem of Universals The search for universal entities in everyday realities. 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Break 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. The Problem of Possibility If there are other possible worlds, what does that really mean, and what explains it? 2:45 to 4 p.m. Beyond Metaphysics Some philosophers have attempted—by using reason alone— to explore the possible existence and nature of God. Is this possible? What kind of God could be proven by philosophy? PATRON INFORMATION If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.