Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Contingency, philosophy: Contingency is not synonymous with randomness, but expresses that an existing fact could have been different. Its counterpart is necessity. See also coincidence, necessity, necessity de re.
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Schwarz I 65
Contingency/possible worlds/Lewis/Black: you cannot limit the number of possible worlds because the totality of possible worlds does not exist in a possible world - ((s) analog: you cannot limit contingency, because this limit itself is non-contingent - different: "how many ways there are depends on the possibilities": circular - but contingency is analyzed on possible worlds - hence the number of possible worlds is not contingent.

D. Lewis
Die Identität von Körper und Geist Frankfurt 1989

D. Lewis
Konventionen Berlin 1975

D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd I New York Oxford 1983

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

Schw I
W. Schwarz
David Lewis Bielefeld 2005

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-25