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A Combinatorial Theory of Possibility : Cambridge Studies in Philosophy - D. M. Armstrong

A Combinatorial Theory of Possibility

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

Paperback Published: 30th April 1990
ISBN: 9780521377805
Number Of Pages: 172

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David Armstrong's new book is a contribution to recent philosophical discussion about possible worlds. Taking Wittgenstein's Tractatus as his point of departure, Professor Armstrong argues that nonactual possibilities and possible worlds are recombinations of actually existing elements, and as such are useful fictions. There is an extended criticism of the alternative-possible-worlds approach championed by the American philosopher David Lewis. This major new work will be read with interest by a wide range of philosophers.

Preface
Non-Naturalist Theories of Possibility
The causal argument
Non-Naturalist theories of possibility
A Combinatorial and Naturalist Account of Possibility
Possibility in a simple world
Expanding and contracting the world
Relative atoms
Are there de re incompatibilities and necessities?
Higher-order entities, negation and causation
Supervenience
Mathematics
Final questions: logic
Works cited
Appendix: Tractarian Nominalism Brian Skyrms
Index
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ISBN: 9780521377805
ISBN-10: 0521377803
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 30th April 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.18