Philosophical Papers : Volume II, Volume 2

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Oxford University Press, USA, Mar 26, 1987 - Social Science - 384 pages
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This is the second volume of philosophical essays by one of the most innovative and influential philosophers now writing in English. Containing thirteen papers in all, the book includes both new essays and previously published papers, some of them with extensive new postscripts reflecting Lewis's current thinking. The papers in Volume II focus on causation and several other closely related topics, including counterfactual and indicative conditionals, the direction of time, subjective and objective probability, causation, explanation, perception, free will, and rational decision. Throughout, Lewis analyzes global features of the world in such a way as to show that they might turn out to supervene on the spatiotemporal arrangement of local qualities.
 

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Contents

Counterfactuals and Comparitive Possibility
3
Counterfactual Depenendence and Times Arrow
32
Counterfactual Dependence and Times Arrow
52
The Paradoxes of Time Travel
67
PROBABILITY
81
A Subjectivists Guide to Objective Chance
83
A Subjectivisms Guide to Objective Chance
114
Probabilities of Conditionals and Conditional Probabilities
133
Events
241
DEPENDENCE AND DECISION
271
Veridical Hallucination and Prosthetic Vision
273
Veridical Hallucination and Prosthetic Vision
287
Are We Free To Break the Laws?
291
Prisoners Dilemma Is a Newcomb Problem
299
Causal Decision Theory
305
Postscript to Causal Decision Theory
337

Probabilities of Conditionals and Conditional Probabilities
152
CAUSATION
157
Causation
159
Postscripts to Causation
172
Causal Explanation
214
Utilitarianism and Truthfulness1
340
Bibliography of the Writings of David Lewis
343
Index
357
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David Lewis is at Princeton University.

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