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David Lewis

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780195032048

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195032047.001.0001

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Holes

Holes

With Stephanie Lewis

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(p.3) One Holes
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Philosophical Papers Volume I
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David Lewis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195032047.003.0001

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

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