Lewisian Themes: The Philosophy of David K. Lewis

Overview

David Lewis's untimely death on 14 October 2001 deprived the philosophical community of one of the outstanding philosophers of the twentieth century. As many obituaries remarked, Lewis has an undeniable place in the history of analytical philosophy. His work defines much of the current agenda in metaphysics, philosophical logic, and the philosophy of mind and language. This volume, an expanded edition of a special issue of the Australiasian Journal of Philosophy, covers many of the topics for which Lewis was well...
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Overview

David Lewis's untimely death on 14 October 2001 deprived the philosophical community of one of the outstanding philosophers of the twentieth century. As many obituaries remarked, Lewis has an undeniable place in the history of analytical philosophy. His work defines much of the current agenda in metaphysics, philosophical logic, and the philosophy of mind and language. This volume, an expanded edition of a special issue of the Australiasian Journal of Philosophy, covers many of the topics for which Lewis was well known, including possible worlds, counterpart theory, vagueness, knowledge, probability, essence, fiction, laws, conditionals, desire and belief, and truth. Many of the papers are by very established philosophers; others are by younger scholars including many he taught. The volume also includes Lewis's Jack Smart Lecture at the Australian National University, 'How Many Lives has Schrodinger's Cat?'. Lewisian Themes will be an invaluable resource for anyone studying Lewis's work and a major contribution to the many topics which engaged him.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199274567
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/15/2004
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Australian National University

University of Melbourne

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Table of Contents

1 How many lives has Schrodinger's cat? 4
2 Counting the holes 24
3 Adequacy conditions for counterpart theory 29
4 Don't forget about the correspondence theory of truth 43
5 Second-order predication and the metaphysics of properties 49
6 Infinitesimal chances and the laws of nature 68
7 Desire beyond belief 78
8 Two mistakes about credence and chance 94
9 As good as it gets : Lewis on truth in fiction 113
10 Elusive knowledge of things in themselves 130
11 The ballad of ugly Dave 138
12 Modal realism with overlap 140
13 David Lewis and Schrodinger's cat 156
14 Distributional properties 173
15 The context of essence 181
16 Wordly indeterminacy : a rough guide 196
17 Quiddistic knowledge 210
18 Lewis on intentionally 231
19 Transworld similarity and transworld belief 245
20 Counterpossibles and similarity 258
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