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A Combinatorial Theory of Possibility

A Combinatorial Theory of Possibility


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Brian Skyrms
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  • Date Published: March 1990
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521377805

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  • David Armstrong's book is a contribution to the philosophical discussion about possible worlds. Taking Wittgenstein's Tractatus as his point of departure, Professor Armstrong argues that nonactual possibilities and possible worlds are recombinations of actually existing elements, and as such are useful fictions. There is an extended criticism of the alternative-possible-worlds approach championed by the American philosopher David Lewis. This major work will be read with interest by a wide range of philosophers.

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    • Date Published: March 1990
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521377805
    • length: 172 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 144 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.197kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Non-Naturalist Theories of Possibility:
    1. The causal argument 2. Non-Naturalist theories of possibility
    Part II. A Combinatorial and Naturalist Account of Possibility:
    3. Possibility in a simple world 4. Expanding and contracting the world
    5. Relative atoms
    6. Are there de re incompatibilities and necessities?
    7. Higher-order entities, negation and causation
    8. Supervenience
    9. Mathematics
    10. Final questions: logic
    Works cited
    Appendix: Tractarian Nominalism Brian Skyrms

  • Author

    D. M. Armstrong


    Brian Skyrms

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