Lewisian Themes

Lewisian Themes : The Philosophy of David K. Lewis

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David Lewis's untimely death on 14 October 2001 deprived the philosophical community of one of the outstanding philosophers of the 20th century. As many obituaries remarked, Lewis has an undeniable place in the history of analytical philosophy. His work defines much of the current agenda in metaphysics, philosophical logic, and the philosophy of mind and language.
This volume, an expanded edition of a special issue of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, covers many of the topics for which Lewis was well known, including possible worlds, counterpart theory, vagueness, knowledge, probability, essence, fiction, laws, conditionals, desire and belief, and truth. Many of the papers are by very established philosophers; others are by younger scholars including many he taught. The volume also includes Lewis's Jack Smart Lecture at the Australian
National University, 'How Many Lives has Schroedinger's Cat?', published here for the first time.
Lewisian Themes will be an invaluable resource for anyone studying Lewis's work and a major contribution to the many topics that he mastered.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 157 x 234 x 17mm | 436g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • halftone frontispiece
  • 0199274568
  • 9780199274567
  • 1,267,201

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. How Many Lives Has Schrodinger's Cat? ; 2. Counting the Holes ; 3. Adequacy Conditions for Counterpart Theory ; 4. Don't Forget About the Correspondence Theory of Truth ; 5. Second-Order Predication and the Metaphysics of Properties ; 6. Infinitesimal Chances and the Laws of Nature ; 7. Desire Beyond Belief ; 8. Two Mistakes About Credence and Chance ; 9. As Good as it Gets: Lewis on Truth in Fiction ; 10. Counterpossibles and Similarities ; 11. Modal Realism with Overlap ; 12. The Ballad of Ugly Dave ; 13. David Lewis and Schrodinger's Cat ; 14. Distributional Properties ; 15. The Context of Essence ; 16. Worldly Indeterminacy: A Rough Guide ; 17. Quiddistic Knowledge ; 18. Lewis on Intentionality ; 19. Transworld Similarity and Transworld Belief ; Index
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a marvelous collection that reflects Lewis's work in both its quality and its breadth * Brian Weatherson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
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