Sketch for a Systematic Metaphysics

Paperback | August 1, 2012

byD. M. Armstrong

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David Armstrong sets out his metaphysical system in a set of concise and lively chapters each dealing with one aspect of the world. He begins with the assumption that all that exists is the physical world of space-time. On this foundation he constructs a coherent metaphysical scheme that givesplausible answers to many of the great problems of metaphysics. He gives accounts of properties, relations, and particulars; laws of nature; modality; abstract objects such as numbers; and time and mind.

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David Armstrong sets out his metaphysical system in a set of concise and lively chapters each dealing with one aspect of the world. He begins with the assumption that all that exists is the physical world of space-time. On this foundation he constructs a coherent metaphysical scheme that givesplausible answers to many of the great prob...

David Armstrong was Challis Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney until his retirement in 1992.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:138 pagesPublished:August 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019965591X

ISBN - 13:9780199655915

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Properties3. Relations4. States of Affairs5. Laws of Nature6. Reacting to Dispositionalism7. Particulars8. Truthmakers9. Possibility, Actuality, Necessity10. Limits11. Absences12. The Rational disciplines: Logic and Mathematics13. Numbers14. Classes15. Time16. MindReferences

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Review from previous edition: "a model of clarity and rich in ideas ... it is a pleasure, as always, to wrestle with the deep philosophical questions that Armstrong continues to present us with so vivaciously." --E. J. Lowe, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews