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7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 8. States of Affairs

[reality as a collection of complex situations]

8 ideas
Modern trope theory tries, like logical atomism, to reduce things to elementary states [Russell, by Ellis]
A state of affairs pertains to a thing if it implies that it has some property [Chisholm]
I propose that events and propositions are two types of states of affairs [Chisholm]
The mark of a state of affairs is that it is capable of being accepted [Chisholm]
Truthmaking needs states of affairs, to unite particulars with tropes or universals. [Armstrong]
Events are changes in states of affairs (which consist of structured particulars, with powers and relations) [Harré/Madden]
How do things combine to make states of affairs? Constituents can repeat, and fail to combine [Lewis]
We must distinguish 'concrete' from 'abstract' and necessary states of affairs. [Sider]