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A World of States of Affairs : Cambridge Studies in Philosophy - D. M. Armstrong

A World of States of Affairs

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

Paperback Published: 5th May 1997
ISBN: 9780521589482
Number Of Pages: 300

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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

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Some preliminary doctrinesp. 11
Properties Ip. 19
Properties IIp. 47
Powers and dispositionsp. 69
Relationsp. 85
Particularsp. 95
States of affairsp. 113
Independencep. 139
Modalityp. 148
Numberp. 175
Classesp. 185
Totality states of affairsp. 196
Singular causationp. 202
Laws Ip. 220
Laws IIp. 242
The unity of the worldp. 263
Referencesp. 270
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780521589482
ISBN-10: 0521589487
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 5th May 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.4

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