Ways a World Might Be

Ways a World Might Be : Metaphysical and Anti-Metaphysical Essays

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Robert Stalnaker draws together in this volume his work in metaphysics. The central theme is the role of possible worlds in articulating our various metaphysical commitments. The book begins with reflections on the general idea of a possible world, and then uses the framework of possible worlds to formulate and clarify some questions about properties and individuals, reference, thought, and experience. The essays also reflect on the nature of metaphysics, and on the relation between questions about what there is and questions about how we talk and think about what there is.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 162 x 242 x 21mm | 588g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0199251487
  • 9780199251483

Table of contents

I. WAYS AND WORLDS ; II. CARVING UP LOGICAL SPACE ; III. IDENTITY IN AND ACROSS POSSIBLE WORLDS ; IV. SEMANTICS, METASEMANTICS, AND METAPHYSICS ; V. SUBJECTIVE POSSIBILITIES
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This collection brings together important essays of consistently high quality by a leading contemporary metaphysician. The prospect of a collection offers the author the opportunity to take an overview of his work and to identify its core and unifying themes. And when this opportunity is taken, what is distinctive and demanding of our attention in the authors work emerges more clearly and the work itself emerges with added significance. Robert Stalnaker has taken
this opportunity, and so Ways a World Might Be is a collection which stands as a genuinely valuable addition to his previously published work and to the literature of contemporary metaphysics. * John Divers, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
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