Papers in Metaphysics and Epistemology: Volume 2

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This is part of a three-volume collection of most of David Lewis' papers in philosophy, except for those that previously appeared in his Philosophical Papers (Oxford University Press, 1983 and 1986). They are now offered in a readily accessible form. This second volume is devoted to Lewis' work in metaphysics and epistemology. The purpose of this collection, and the volumes that precede and follow it, is to disseminate more widely the work of an eminent and influential contemporary philosopher. The volume will serve as a useful work of reference for teachers and students of philosophy.

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Alex Oliver
Thank heavens for David Lewis who has shown that mathematization can be combined with philosophical reach. Above all else, it is his uncanny ability to see the big picture, to control complicated theoretical structures and to anticipate distant consequences and connections, which makes him the leading metaphysician at the start of this century, head and beard above his contemporaries.
The Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521582483
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/13/1999
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. New Work for a theory of universals; 2. Putnam's paradox; 3. Against structural universals; 4. A comment on Armstrong and Forrest; 5. Extrinsic properties; 6. Defining 'intrinsic' (with Rae Langton); 7. Finkish dispositions; 8. Noneism or Allism?; 9. Many, but almost one; 10. Casati and Varzi on holes (with Stephanie Lewis); 11. Rearrangement of particles: reply to Lowe; 12. Armstrong on combinatorial possibility; 13. A world of truthmakers?; 14. Maudlin and modal mystery; 15. Humean supervenience debugged; 16. Psychophysical and theoretical identifications; 17. What experience teaches; 18. Reduction of mind; 19. Should a materialist believe in Qualia?; 20. Naming the colours; 21. Percepts and color mosaics in visual experience; 22. Individuation by acquaintance and by stipulation; 23. Why conditionalize?; 24. What puzzling Pierre does not believe; 25. Elusive knowledge; Index.

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