The Principle of Sufficient Reason: A Reassessment

The Principle of Sufficient Reason: A Reassessment

by Alexander R. Pruss

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521184397
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/23/2010
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 709,997
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Alexander Pruss is assistant professor of philosophy at Georgetown University. He has published many papers on philosophy and mathematics, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, applied ethics, probability theory and geometric symmetrization theory. With Richard Gale he is co-editor of The Existence of God.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction; 2. Reflection on some historical episodes; 3. The CP and the PSR; objections to the PSR; 4. A modern version of the Hume objection; 5. The anti-theological argument: 'There are no necessary beings'; 6. Modal fatalism; 7. Free will; 8. Quantum mechanics; 9. Turning Leibniz against the PSR; 10. What survives the criticisms of the PSR?; justification of the PSR; 11. Self-evidence; 12. Three Thomistic arguments; 13. Modal arguments; 14. Is the universe reasonable?; 15. Explanation of negative states of affairs; 16. The puzzle of the everyday applicability of the PSR; 17. Inference to the best or only explanation; 18. Inductive scepticism; 19. The nature of possibility; 20. Conclusions.

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