Reality and Humean Supervenience: Essays on the Philosophy of David Lewis

Reality and Humean Supervenience: Essays on the Philosophy of David Lewis

by Gerhard Preyer, Frank Siebelt
     
 

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If asked what Humeanism could mean today, there is no other philosopher to turn to whose work covers such a wide range of topics from a unified Humean perspective as that of David Lewis. The core of Lewis's many contributions to philosophy, including his work in philosophical ontology, intensional logic and semantics, probability and decision theory, topics within

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If asked what Humeanism could mean today, there is no other philosopher to turn to whose work covers such a wide range of topics from a unified Humean perspective as that of David Lewis. The core of Lewis's many contributions to philosophy, including his work in philosophical ontology, intensional logic and semantics, probability and decision theory, topics within philosophy of science as well as a distinguished philosophy of mind, can be understood as the development of philosophical position that is centered around his conception of Humean supervenience. If we accept the thesis that it is physical science and not philosophical reasoning that will eventually arrive at the basic constituents of all matter pertaining to our world, then Humean supervenience is the assumption that all truths about our world will supervene on the class of physical truths in the following sense: There are no truths in any compartment of our world that cannot be accounted for in terms of differences and similarities among those properties and external space-time relations that are fundamental to our world according to physical science.

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Booknews
David Lewis' contributions to philosophy include work in philosophical ontology, intensional logic and semantics, probability and decision theory, and topics within philosophy of science as well as philosophy of mind. This collection of essays by 12 American, European, and Australian philosophers serves as a general introduction to Lewis and his influence on contemporary metaphysics. The essays challenge aspects of Lewis' thinking, pose new questions, and open new points of view on his stances in the areas of modal realism; physicalism, causation, and conditionals; and reduction of mind. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Ernest Sosa
This collection gathers papers on David Lewis's metaphysics. Since the editors have assembled a superb group of authors, the result is at the cutting edge of the best work in contemporary metaphysics. Together with Lewis's writings it would make for an outstanding seminar in metaphysics.
Jeremy Butterfield
This is a very fine collection of essays about David Lewis's work. Centered around such central Lewisian doctrines as Humean supervenience, modal realism, the counterfactual analysis of causation and physicalism, the collection is a fitting tribute to his outstanding work and to its influence.
Brian Jonathan Garret
This recent volume of papers on Lewis's work is thus timely and important as it brings together a number of excellent papers by prominent philosophers, the majority of whom have been long-time critics or defenders of Lewis's views. It is essential reading for those interested in metaphysics, philosophy of mind and the philosophy of science.
Jaegwon Kim
David Lewis's work occupies a central place in contemporary metaphysics, and in this volume some of our leading metaphysicians comment, interpret, and critically appraise Lewis's important and influential claims and arguments on issues like modality and possible worlds, 'Humean' supervenience, endurance and purdurance, counterfactuals and time, causation, and the mind-body problem. This is a timely and highly useful collection indispensable to students of Lewis's work in metaphysics and philosophy of mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780585385631
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/15/2002
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Gerhard Preyer is professor of social science at J. W. Goethe University in Frankfurt. Frank Siebelt is professor of philosophy at J. W. Goethe University in Frankfurt.

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