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Matters of Metaphysics


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Preface; Introduction; Part I. Minds: 1. Analytic philosophy and the self; 2. I and now (1989); 3. Consciousness and degrees of belief (1980); 4. How much of the mind is a computer? (1988); 5. (with Tim Crane) There is no question of physicalism (1990); Part II. Properties and Laws: 6. In defence of dispositions (1974); 7. Natural kinds (1977); 8. Necessities and universals in natural laws (1980); 9. Laws, chances and properties (1990); 10. Properties and predicates; Part III. Causation: 11. McTaggart, fixity and coming true (1981); 12. The singularly affecting facts of causation (1987); 13. On raising the chances of effects (1988); Part IV. Prediction and Decision: 14. Chance and degrees of belief (1982); 15. The warrant of induction (1988); 16. Objective decision making (1983); References.

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This selection of D. H. Mellor's work demonstrates the wide ranging originality of his work.

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D. H. Mellor is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy in the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.


"The papers are briskly and clearly written, and vigorously argued, as any acquaintance with Mellor's work would lead one to expect...In a short review, it is impossible to adequately convey the richness of this collection. It stands as evidence of Mellor's lasting contribution to contemporary analytic metaphysics." Alex Byrne, The Philosophical Review

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