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Holes

David Lewis

in Philosophical Papers Volume I

Published in print August 1983 | ISBN: 9780195032048
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833382 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195032047.003.0001
Holes

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Cowritten with his wife, Stephanie Lewis, this whimsical dialogue features Argle and Bargle debating the ontological nature of holes. Argle ingeniously defends the claim that a hole is just the lining of matter that surrounds it. Responding to Bargle's disinclination toward accepting a view that flouts common sense, Argle comments that philosophical argument involves “measuring [the] price” that one must pay in order to accept the contested position. It is a telling remark, given the “incredulous stares” that often greet Lewis's modal realism.

Keywords: holes; Stephanie Lewis; mereology; metaphysics; ontology

Chapter.  3059 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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