9780742512016

Reality and Humean Supervenience Essays on the Philosophy of David Lewis

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    9780742512016

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  • Copyright: 2001-03-21
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Reality and Humean Supervenience confronts the reader with central aspects in the philosophy of David Lewis, whose work in ontology, metaphysics, logic, probability, philosophy of mind, and language articulates a unique and systematic foundation for modern physicalism. This book includes a useful, general introduction to Lewis's philosophy and contributions by well-known American, Australian, and European philosophers whose commentaries address major topics in Lewis's theory of modality.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Reality and Humean Supervenience: Some Reflections on David Lewis's Philosophyp. 1
Modal Realism
Island Universes and the Analysis of Modalityp. 27
Time Travel Fictionp. 57
Counting the Cost of Modal Realismp. 93
Against Against Overlap and Endurancep. 105
The Case for Perdurancep. 123
Physicalism, Causation, and Conditionals
Naturalism for the Faint of Heartp. 143
Going through the Open Door Again: Counterfactual versus Singularist Theories of Causationp. 163
On Forward and Backward Counterfactual Conditionalsp. 177
Reduction of Mind
Multiple Reference, Multiple Realization, and the Reduction of Mindp. 205
Knowing What It Is Like: The Ability Hypothesis and the Knowledge Argumentp. 223
Indexp. 239
About the Contributorsp. 245
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