A Combinatorial Theory of Possibility / Edition 1

A Combinatorial Theory of Possibility / Edition 1

by D. M. Armstrong
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521377803

ISBN-13: 9780521377805

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

David Armstrong's book is a contribution to the 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…  See more details below

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David Armstrong's book is a contribution to the 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 work will be read with interest by a wide range of philosophers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521377805
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Non-Naturalist Theories of Possibility: 1. The causal argument 2. Non-Naturalist theories of possibility; Part II. A Combinatorial and Naturalist Account of Possibility: 3. Possibility in a simple world 4. Expanding and contracting the world; 5. Relative atoms; 6. Are there de re incompatibilities and necessities?; 7. Higher-order entities, negation and causation; 8. Supervenience; 9. Mathematics; 10. Final questions: logic; Works cited; Appendix: Tractarian Nominalism Brian Skyrms; Index.

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