Holes and Other Superficialities

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This fascinating investigation on the borderlines of metaphysics, everyday geometry, and the theory of perception seeks to answer two basic questions: Do holes really exist? And if so, what are they? Holes are among entities that down-to-earth philosophers would like to expel from their ontological inventory. Casati and Varzi argue in favor of their existence and explore the consequences of this unorthodox approach—odd as these might appear. They examine the ontology of holes, their geometry, their part-whole ...
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Overview

This fascinating investigation on the borderlines of metaphysics, everyday geometry, and the theory of perception seeks to answer two basic questions: Do holes really exist? And if so, what are they? Holes are among entities that down-to-earth philosophers would like to expel from their ontological inventory. Casati and Varzi argue in favor of their existence and explore the consequences of this unorthodox approach—odd as these might appear. They examine the ontology of holes, their geometry, their part-whole relations, their identity, their causal role, and the ways we perceive them.

A Bradford Book

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If holes are just where something else isn't, how do we know they are really there? Casati and Varzi draw on metaphysics, elementary geometry, and perception theory to contend not only that holes exist, but that there are three different kinds: blind hollows, perforating tunnels, and internal cavities. They includes pages of puzzles and exercises. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262531337
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Pages: 263
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Superficial Particulars 9
3 Immaterial Bodies 25
4 Hollows, Tunnels, Cavities, and More 39
5 Fillers and Skins 55
6 The Natural History of Discontinuities 79
7 Parts and Holes 87
8 Causality, Shapes, and Solidity 109
9 Sameness and Non-Substance 129
10 Ways of Holemaking 141
11 Hole Detection 155
12 The Field of Emptiness 177
Appendix: Outline of a Theory 191
Puzzles and Exercises 207
Further Reading 219
Index 247
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