Lewisian Themes: The Philosophy of David K. Lewis

Paperback | August 23, 2004

EditorFrank Jackson, Graham Priest

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David Lewis's untimely death on 14 October 2001 deprived the philosophical community of one of the outstanding philosophers of the 20th century. As many obituaries remarked, Lewis has an undeniable place in the history of analytical philosophy. His work defines much of the current agenda inmetaphysics, philosophical logic, and the philosophy of mind and language. This volume, an expanded edition of a special issue of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, covers many of the topics for which Lewis was well known, including possible worlds, counterpart theory, vagueness, knowledge, probability, essence, fiction, laws, conditionals, desire and belief, andtruth. Many of the papers are by very established philosophers; others are by younger scholars including many he taught. The volume also includes Lewis's Jack Smart Lecture at the Australian National University, 'How Many Lives has Schrodinger's Cat?', published here for the first time. Lewisian Themes will be an invaluable resource for anyone studying Lewis's work and a major contribution to the many topics that he mastered.

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David Lewis's untimely death on 14 October 2001 deprived the philosophical community of one of the outstanding philosophers of the 20th century. As many obituaries remarked, Lewis has an undeniable place in the history of analytical philosophy. His work defines much of the current agenda inmetaphysics, philosophical logic, and the phi...

Frank Jackson is at Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. Graham Priest is in the Department of Philosophy, Univesity of Melbourne.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.69 inPublished:August 23, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Frank Jackson and Graham Priest: Introduction1. David Lewis: How Many Lives Has Schrodinger's Cat?2. Roberto Casati and Achille C. Varzi: Counting the Holes3. M. J. Cresswell: Adequacy Conditions for Counterpart Theory4. Marian David: Don't Forget About the Correspondence Theory of Truth5. Andy Egan: Second-Order Predication and the Metaphysics of Properties6. Adam Elga: Infinitesimal Chances and the Laws of Nature7. Alan Hajek and Philip Pettit: Desire Beyond Belief8. Ned Hall: Two Mistakes About Credence and Chance9. Richard Hanley: As Good as it Gets: Lewis on Truth in Fiction10. David Vander Laan: Counterpossibles and Similarities11. Kris McDaniel: Modal Realism with Overlap12. Jim Mackenzie: The Ballad of Ugly Dave13. David Papineau: David Lewis and Schrodinger's Cat14. Josh Parsons: Distributional Properties15. L. A. Paul: The Context of Essence16. Gideon Rosen and Nicholas J. J. Smith: Worldly Indeterminacy: A Rough Guide17. Jonathan Schaffer: Quiddistic Knowledge18. Robert Stalnaker: Lewis on Intentionality19. Barry Taylor: Transworld Similarity and Transworld BeliefIndex