A World of States of Affairs / Edition 1

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Overview

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.
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"This book is a work of philosophy in the grand tradition." James O. Young, Philosophy in Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521589482
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Some preliminary doctrines 11
3 Properties I 19
4 Properties II 47
5 Powers and dispositions 69
6 Relations 85
7 Particulars 95
8 States of affairs 113
9 Independence 139
10 Modality 148
11 Number 175
12 Classes 185
13 Totality states of affairs 196
14 Singular causation 202
15 Laws I 220
16 Laws II 242
17 The unity of the world 263
References 270
Index 277
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