Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Coincidence/Law/Lewis: a random truth is one that never had a chance to be true - it does not enter the law system, because it does not contribute enough to the simplicity and strictness.
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Law/Laws of Nature/Explanation/Humean supervenience/Lewis: I want to save Humean supervenience with the theory of the best system (as an explanation of laws) - Solution: The prehistory-chance conditionals must supervene trivially by being non-contingent - Problem: this creates strong restrictions for reasonable belief.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

LW I
D. Lewis
Die Identität von Körper und Geist Frankfurt 1989

LW II
D. Lewis
Konventionen Berlin 1975

LW IV
D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd I New York Oxford 1983

LW V
D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd II New York Oxford 1986

LwCl I
Cl. I. Lewis
Mind and the World Order: Outline of a Theory of Knowledge (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) 1991


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-08-18