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Metaphysics of States of Affairs

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

  • Bo R. Meinertsen

Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 136)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Bo R. Meinertsen
    Pages 1-17
  3. The Main Role for State of Affairs Ontology, and Its Two Rivals

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      Pages 19-19
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      Pages 21-37
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      Pages 39-53
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  4. The Constituents of States of Affairs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
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      Pages 69-82
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  5. The Unity of States of Affairs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Bo R. Meinertsen
      Pages 133-146
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 163-174

About this book

Introduction


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.

Keywords

Metaphysics of States of Affairs the Problem of Unity Truth-making Instantiation Concrete Universals Solution to Bradley’s Regress Problem Bare Particulars Properties and Relations Critique of Trope Theory Critique of Moderate Realism

Authors and affiliations

  • Bo R. Meinertsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyTongji UniversityShanghaiChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-3068-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-3067-4
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-3068-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0921-8599
  • Series Online ISSN 2542-8349
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