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By Barry Loewer, Jonathan Schaffer

ISBN-10: 1118388186

ISBN-13: 9781118388181

In A better half to David Lewis, Barry Loewer and Jonathan Schaffer collect best philosophers to provide an explanation for, speak about, and severely expand Lewis’s seminal paintings in unique methods. scholars and students will observe the underlying topics and intricate interconnections woven during the various diversity of his paintings in metaphysics, philosophy of language, good judgment, epistemology, philosophy of technology, philosophy of brain, ethics, and aesthetics.
The first and basically entire research of the paintings of David Lewis, probably the most systematic and influential philosophers of the latter 1/2 the 20 th century
Contributions make clear the underlying issues and intricate interconnections woven via Lewis’s paintings throughout his huge, immense variety of effect, together with metaphysics, language, good judgment, epistemology, technology, brain, ethics, and aesthetics
Outstanding Lewis students and top philosophers operating within the fields Lewis prompted clarify, speak about, and seriously expand Lewis’s paintings in unique ways
An crucial source for college students and researchers throughout analytic philosophy that covers the foremost subject matters of Lewis’s paintings

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I can certainly think of ways of weighting the respects of comparison that do make the problem all-pervasive, but that just shows that those ways aren’t the right ones. Maybe instead, or maybe also, Scott is worried about the respects of comparison themselves. I do think of possible worlds as unblurred and fully detailed; except in some very special cases, I take it that it would be an infinite task to describe a single possible world in full. So what? Scott asks how we know that the world can be grasped in complete detail.

Lewis, like most analytic philosophers (and probably most philosophers in general) preferred his deductive arguments to be valid rather than invalid. Lewis’s work, even from the beginning, tended to proceed through “armchair” methods: by and large, Lewis did not aim to establish conclusions on the basis of detailed empirical investigations using, for example, statistical methods, or complex scientific equipment. ” Lewis (2004) is a paper about “many worlds” interpretations of quantum mechanics, which, while theoretical, is not obviously more so than many papers in theoretical physics, and like papers in theoretical physics is indirectly constrained by scientific discovery.

Lewis was not alone in this: many contemporary philosophers will pay at least lip service to the idea that what must be done when deciding a philosophical issue is to weigh up costs and benefits of rival philosophical views. Perhaps because this is such a widespread idiom, it seems worthwhile paying closer attention to the role this played in Lewis’s philosophy. What is it to weigh up costs and benefits of a theory? What is a cost, what is a benefit, and how is the weighing to be done?

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