The ideas of David (D. M.) Armstrong have helped shapecontemporary metaphysics and philosophy of mind. Thisbook is the first to offer an introduction to the full range ofArmstrongżs thought. In a fair and dispassionate accountStephen Mumford examines in depth Armstrongżs development of a core metaphysical programme consistent with a scientific view of the natural world. Although chiefly expository, Mumfordżs examination draws attention to areas ofweakness within Armstrongżs account and highlights issues about which there is room for further debate.
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