A Companion to David Lewis
Blackwell Companions to Philosophy 1. Aufl.
In A Companion to David Lewis, Barry Loewer and Jonathan Schaffer bring together top philosophers to explain, discuss, and critically extend Lewis's seminal work in original ways. Students and scholars will discover the underlying themes and complex interconnections woven through the diverse range of his work in metaphysics, philosophy of language, logic, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, ethics, and aesthetics. The first and only comprehensive study of the work of David Lewis, one of the most systematic and influential philosophers of the latter half of the 20th century Contributions shed light on the underlying themes and complex interconnections woven through Lewis's work across his enormous range of influence, including metaphysics, language, logic, epistemology, science, mind, ethics, and aesthetics Outstanding Lewis scholars and leading philosophers working in the fields Lewis influenced explain, discuss, and critically extend Lewis's work in original ways An essential resource for students and researchers across analytic philosophy that covers the major themes of Lewis's work
Notes on Contributors ix Part I Biography and New Work 1 1 Intellectual Biography of David Lewis (1941–2001): Early Influences 3Stephanie R. Lewis 2 Counterparts of States of Affairs 15David Lewis 3 Reply to Dana Scott, “Is There Life on Possible Worlds?” 18David Lewis Part II Methodology and Context 23 4 Lewis’s Philosophical Method 25Daniel Nolan 5 On Metaphysical Analysis 40David Braddon-Mitchell and Kristie Miller 6 A Lewisian History of Philosophy 60Robert Pasnau 7 David Lewis’s Place in Analytic Philosophy 80Scott Soames Part III Metaphysics and Science 99 8 Humean Supervenience 101Brian Weatherson 9 No Work for a Theory of Universals 116M. Eddon and C.J.G. Meacham 10 Hume’s Dictum and Metaphysical Modality: Lewis’s Combinatorialism 138Jessica Wilson 11 Truthmaking: With and Without Counterpart Theory 159Phillip Bricker 12 How to Be Humean 188Jenann Ismael 13 Where (in Logical Space) Is God? 206Stephanie R. Lewis 14 De Re Modality, Essentialism, and Lewis’s Humeanism 220Helen Beebee and Fraser MacBride 15 David Lewis on Persistence 237Katherine Hawley 16 “Perfectly Understood, Unproblematic, and Certain”: Lewis on Mereology 250Karen Bennett 17 Humean Reductionism about Laws of Nature 262Ned Hall 18 Why Lewisians Should Love Deterministic Chance 278Rachael Briggs 19 Lewis on Causation 295Christopher Hitchcock Part IV Language and Logic 313 20 David Lewis on Convention 315Ernie Lepore and Matthew Stone 21 Asking What a Meaning Does: David Lewis’s Contributions to Semantics 328Barbara H. Partee 22 Accommodation in a Language Game 345Craige Roberts 23 Lewis on Reference and Eligibility 367J.R.G. Williams 24 On the Nature of Certain Philosophical Entities: Set Theoretic Constructionalism in the Metaphysics of David Lewis 382Gideon Rosen 25 Primitive Self-Ascription: Lewis on the De Se 399Richard Holton 26 Counterfactuals and Humean Reduction 411Robert Stalnaker 27 On the Plurality of Lewis’s Triviality Results 425Alan Hájek 28 Decision Theory after Lewis 446John Collins 29 Lewis on Mereology and Set Theory 459John P. Burgess Part V Epistemology and Mind 471 30 Lewis on Knowledge Ascriptions 473Jonathan Schaffer 31 Humility and Coexistence in Kant and Lewis: Two Modal Themes, with Variations 491Rae Langton 32 Analytic Functionalism 504Wolfgang Schwarz 33 Lewis on Materialism and Experience 519Daniel Stoljar Part VI Ethics and Politics 533 34 Lewis on Value and Valuing 535Peter Railton 35 David Lewis’s Social and Political Philosophy 549Simon Keller Bibliography of the Work of David Lewis 562 Index 572
Barry Loewer is a Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and director of the Rutgers Center for Philosophy and the Sciences. He works mainly on philosophy of science, focusing on issues in philosophy of physics and metaphysics. His publications include “Counterfactuals and the Second Law,” “David Lewis’s Humean Theory of Objective Chance,” and “Why is There Anything Except Physics?”. Jonathan Schaffer is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. His research centers on metaphysics, epistemology, and language, and his publications include “Monism: The Priority of the Whole,” “On What Grounds What,” and “Knowing the Answer.”
David Lewis was one of the most systematic and influential philosophers of the latter half of the 20th century. His work spans an enormous range of core topics, including metaphysics, philosophy of language, logic, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, ethics, and aesthetics. This volume provides insight into the underlying themes and complex interconnections woven through Lewis’s work, with essays focusing on virtually all of the main themes in Lewis’s work. In this addition to the highly regarded Companions to Philosophy series, two of the foremost Lewis scholars bring together top philosophers from diverse fields to explain, discuss, and critically extend Lewis’s work in original ways. Each chapter sets the stage for the reader, introducing the subject at hand and explaining Lewis’s treatment of the issues, while including original philosophical engagements with Lewis’s ideas. Those working in and studying the areas in which Lewis made substantial contributions will find this volume an invaluable resource.
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