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Engagement and Metaphysical Dissatisfaction: Modality and Value

Barry Stroud


We all have beliefs to the effect that if a certain thing were to happen a certain other thing would happen. We also believe that some things simply must be so, with no possibility of having been otherwise. And in acting intentionally we all take certain things to be good reason to believe or do certain things. This book argues that some beliefs of each of these kinds are indispensable to our having any conception of a world at all. That means no one could consistently dismiss all beliefs of these kinds as merely ways of thinking that do not describe how things really are in the world as it is ... More

Keywords: acting intentionally, certain things, beliefs, ways of thinking, realism, metaphysical status

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199764969
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764969.001.0001


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Barry Stroud, author
University of California, Berkeley
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