David Armstrong
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Series: Philosophy Now
Author(s): Stephen Mumford  
ISBN: 1844651002
ISBN-13: 9781844651009
Publication Date: 31/07/2007
Pages: 224 (216 x 138mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £15.99
Discount Price: £12.79
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David (D. M.) Armstrong is one of Australia’s greatest philosophers. His chief philosophical achievement has been the development of a core metaphysical programme, embracing the topics of universals, laws, modality and facts: a naturalistic metaphysics, consistent with a scientific view of the natural world. In this book Stephen Mumford offers an introduction to the full range of Armstrong’s thought. Beginning with a discussion of Armstong’s naturalism, his most general commitment, and his realism about universals, Mumford then examines Armstrong's theories of laws, modality and dispositions, which make up the basics of his core theory. With this in place, Mumford explores his ideas on perception, mind and belief before returning to metaphysics in the final chapters, looking at truth and the new view of instantiation. The book is a dispassionate, fair and unbiased account of Armstrong’s thought. Although Armstong’s is a body of work that Mumford regards highly and of real significance, he nevertheless highlights areas of weakness and issues about which there is room for further debate.

“A well-organised, lucid and accurate account of all the main aspects of Armstrong’s philosophy. A very good book.” – Keith Campbell, University of Sydney

Stephen Mumford is Professor of Metaphysics at the University of Nottingham.

1. Naturalism
2. Universals
3. Laws of Nature
4. Possibility
5. Dispositions
6. States of Affairs
7. Sensations and Perceptions
8. Metaphysics of Mind
9. Knowledge and Belief
10. Truthmaking
11. Necessity

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