In this important study David Armstrong offers a comprehensive system of analytical metaphysics that synthesizes but also develops his thinking over the last twenty years. Armstrong's analysis, which acknowledges the 'logical atomism' of Russell and Wittgenstein, makes facts (or states of affairs, as the author calls them) the fundamental constituents of the world, examining properties, relations, numbers, classes, possibility and necessity, dispositions, causes and laws. All these, it is argued, find their place and can be understood inside a scheme of states of affairs. This is a comprehensive and rigorously this-worldly account of the most general features of reality, argued from a distinctive philosophical perspective, and it will appeal to a wide readership in analytical philosophy.
a --E Thanks to Armstronga -- s excellent book, we know much better than before what lies ahead if we choose truthmaking and forsake combinatorialism.a -- David Lewis, Times Literary Supplement a --E A World of States of Affairs is not only a fitting summation of Armstronga -- s contribution to metaphysics over the last twenty years, it is also an important contribution to the contemporary debate.a -- Mind a --E The Armstrong approach to metaphysics is presented clearly and comprehensively.a -- Philosophy