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It?s a kind of magic: Lewis, magic and properties

Nolan, Daniel

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David Lewis’s arguments against magical ersatzism are notoriously puzzling. Untangling different strands in those arguments is useful for bringing out what he thought was wrong with not just one style of theory about possible worlds, but with much of the contemporary metaphysics of abstract objects. After setting out what I take Lewis’s arguments to be and how best to resist them, I consider the application of those arguments to general theories of properties and relations. The constraints...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/98625
Source: Synthese
DOI: 10.1007/s11229-014-0565-4

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