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    A Combinatorial Theory of Possibility (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy) (Paperback) By (author) D. M. Armstrong, Series edited by Ernest Sosa, Series edited by Jonathan Dancy, Series edited by John Haldane, Series edited by Gilbert Harman, Series edited by Frank Jackson, Series edited by William G. Lycan, Series edited by Sydney Shoemaker, Series edited by Judith Jarvis Thomson

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    DescriptionDavid 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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    Title
    A Combinatorial Theory of Possibility
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) D. M. Armstrong, Series edited by Ernest Sosa, Series edited by Jonathan Dancy, Series edited by John Haldane, Series edited by Gilbert Harman, Series edited by Frank Jackson, Series edited by William G. Lycan, Series edited by Sydney Shoemaker, Series edited by Judith Jarvis Thomson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 172
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 230 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521377805
    ISBN 10: 0521377803
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25220
    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HPK
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    BISAC V2.8: PHI009000, PHI011000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 146.5
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC19: 146.5
    LC classification: BC199.L6 A76 1989
    DC22: 146/.5
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    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    1 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    29 May 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Table of contents
    Preface; 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; Index.