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Philosophical Papers Volume II

David Lewis

Published in print June 1987 | ISBN: 9780195036466
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833399 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195036468.001.0001
Philosophical Papers Volume II

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A collection of 13 papers by David Lewis, written on a variety of topics including causation, counterfactuals and indicative conditionals, the direction of time, subjective and objective probability, explanation, perception, free will, and rational decision. The conclusions reached include the claim that time travel is possible, that counterfactual dependence is asymmetrical, that events are properties of spatiotemporal regions, that the Prisoners’ Dilemma is a Newcomb problem, and that causation can be analyzed in terms of counterfactual dependence between events. These papers can be seen as a “prolonged campaign” for a philosophical position Lewis calls “Humean supervenience,” according to which “all there is to the world is a vast mosaic of local matters of particular fact,” with all global features of the world thus supervening on the spatiotemporal arrangement of local qualities.

Keywords: causation; conditionals; counterfactuals; events; explanation; free will; Humean supervenience; indicative conditionals; David Lewis; metaphysics; perception; Prisoners’ Dilemma; probability; rational decision; time

Book.  382 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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