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Sketch for a Systematic Metaphysics$
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D. M. Armstrong

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590612

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590612.001.0001

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Limits

Limits

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(p.74) Chapter 10 Limits
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Sketch for a Systematic Metaphysics
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David M. Armstrong

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590612.003.0010

Molnar's four propositions are introduced. They present an important dilemma. C.B. Martin's distinction between limits and absences is then introduced. It is argued that there are objective limits in the world, totality states of affairs or ‘allnesses’. In this sense there is negation in the world. Totalities may even be perceived. But absences are not required as truthmakers. Mereology is introduced to elucidate the form that totality states of affairs take. Limits are not ‘additions of being’ and, arguably, do not clash with the Eleatic Principle.

Keywords:   George Molnar, limits, C.B. Martin, totalities, absences, mereology, Eleatic Principle

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