Holes and Other Superficialities

Holes and Other Superficialities

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This investigation on the borderlines of metaphysics, everyday geometry and the theory of perception seeks to answer two basic questions: Do holes really exist? If they do, what are they? Holes are among entities that down-to-earth philosophers would like to expel from their ontological inventory. Casati and Varzi argues in favour of holes' existence, examining their ontology of holes, their geometry, their part-whole relations, their identity, their causal role and the ways we perceive them.show more

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  • Paperback | 263 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
  • MIT Press Ltd
  • MIT Press
  • Cambridge, Mass., United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 147
  • 026253133X
  • 9780262531337

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"The idea of "Holes and Other Superficialities" is wonderfully counterintuitive: The authors want us to think of absences as full-fledged cognitive entities. The book describes a grand variety of holes--holes in doughnuts, tunnels through blocks, flowing gaps in regularly-spaced flowerbed, and hundreds more. There are an enormous number of beautifully-rendered illustrations of every imaginable (and often never-before-imagined) type of hole....The overlap with philosophical issues of every sort is marvelous, and the authors have a delightful sense of humor."--Douglas Hofstadter, author of "Gadel, Escher, Bach"show more

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