Philosophical Studies Series

Metaphysics of States of Affairs

Truthmaking, Universals, and a Farewell to Bradley’s Regress

Authors: Meinertsen, Bo R.

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  • Presents a metaphysics of Armstrongian states of affairs as the instantiations of universals by particulars linked together by a unique relation
  • Includes detailed accounts of the constituents of states of affairs
  • Provocatively argues that the particulars in states of affairs are bare particulars
  • Analyses the problem of unity for states of affairs
  • Provides a novel solution to the problem of unity
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This book addresses the metaphysics of Armstrongian states of affairs, i.e. instantiations of naturalist universals by particulars. The author argues that states of affairs are the best candidate for truthmakers and, in the spirit of logical atomism, that we need no molecular truthmakers for positive truths. In the book's context, this has the pleasing result that there are no molecular states of affairs. Following this account of truthmaking, the author first shows that the particulars in (first-order) states of affairs are bare particulars. He then argues that the properties in states of affairs are simple, non-relational and concrete universals. Next, he argues that (material) relations in states of affairs are external relations. Lastly, he argues that a state of affairs is unified by a distinctive formal relation without giving rise to Bradley’s regress. Written in a relatively non-technical style, the book offers a valuable resource for philosophers working on analytic metaphysics and ontology, as well as their graduate students.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Metaphysics of States of Affairs
Book Subtitle
Truthmaking, Universals, and a Farewell to Bradley’s Regress
Authors
Series Title
Philosophical Studies Series
Series Volume
136
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-3068-1
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-3068-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-3067-4
Series ISSN
0921-8599
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 174
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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