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    A World of States of Affairs (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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    DescriptionIn this important study D. M. Armstrong offers a comprehensive system of analytical metaphysics that synthesises 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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    Title
    A World of States of Affairs
    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: 300
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521589482
    ISBN 10: 0521589487
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25220
    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    BISAC V2.8: PHI013000
    BIC subject category V2: HPJ
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC21: 146.5
    DC22: 111
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 111
    LC classification: B5704.A753 W67 1997
    Thema V1.0: QDTJ
    Illustrations note
    4 figures
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    19 April 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    'Thanks to Armstrong's excellent book, we know much better than before what lies ahead if we choose truthmaking and forsake combinatorialism.' David Lewis, The Times Literary Supplement 'A World of States of Affairs is not only a fitting summation of Armstrong's contribution to metaphysics over the last twenty years, it is also an important contribution to the contemporary debate.' Mind 'The Armstrong approach to metaphysics is presented clearly and comprehensively.' Philosophy
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction; 2. Some preliminary doctrines; 3. Properties I; 4. Properties II; 5. Powers and dispositions; 6. Relations; 7. Particulars; 8. States of affairs; 9. Independence; 10. Modality; 11. Numbers; 12. Classes; 13. Totality states of affairs; 14. Singular causation; 15. Laws I; 16. Laws II; 17. The unity of the world.