Letter of the Month, April 2019

This month’s letter — from Lewis to Tony Coady — is a bit of light relief from abstract philosophising. Lewis is worrying about testimony, and in particular worrying about whether or to what extent someone’s known past deception affects, or should affect, whether we...

Letter of the Month, March 2019

March’s letter of the month concerns the general problem of scepticism. In ‘Elusive Knowledge’ Lewis came be seen as answering the sceptic by explaining in what ways we can know certain things. But he also presented a theory about how our knowledge of certain things...

Letter of the Month, February 2019

In February’s letter of the month, Lewis responds to Stewart Cohen’s 1998 article ‘Contextualist Solutions to Epistemological Problems: Scepticism, Gettier, and the Lottery’, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 76 (2):289 – 306. Lewis accepts the suggestion that the...

Letter of the Month, January 2019

One area of philosophy that Lewis had an impact on was epistemology. But, unlike other areas he influenced, his writings on epistemology derive from just one article, namely, his widely read 1996 'Elusive Knowledge', Australasian Journal of Philosophy vol. 74. It is...

June 2019 Conference

June 2019 Conference

DAVID LEWIS AND HIS PLACE IN THE HISTORY OF ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY 17-19 June 2019, University of Manchester About The conference marks the end of our AHRC-funded project at the University of Manchester, The Age of Metaphysical Revolution: David Lewis and His Place in...

Letter of the Month, December 2018

December’s letter of the month is to Paul Fitzgerald, a peer of David Lewis at Harvard University who wrote his thesis on the metaphysics of time under Donald C. Williams. This letter is in reaction to Fitzgerald’s The Truth About Tomorrow's Sea Fight. 1969. Journal...

Letter of the month, November 2018

Letter of the month, November 2018

Lewis and Vagueness (guest post, by Daniel Nolan, University of Notre Dame) This month's letter is an eleven-page letter David Lewis sent to Timothy Williamson in May 1999. The letter divides into three main sections. In the first, Lewis sets out his own views about...

Letter of the month, October 2018

Letter of the month, October 2018

‘Truth in Fiction’ is a celebrated paper in the analytic tradition on the nature and function of fiction. Lewis published the paper in the American Philosophical Quarterly in 1978 (vol. 15). But, as his correspondence reveals, the gist of his theory of fiction...

Letter of the month, September 2018

In ‘New Work for a Theory of Universals’ and ‘Putnam’s Paradox’ Lewis famously argued that Putnam’s model-theoretic argument against realism fails. His response to Putnam is that there is a real division between natural and non-natural properties out there in the...

Letter of the month, August 2018

Soon after the publication of Gareth Evans’s classic one-page Analysis paper on vagueness in 1978, Lewis was struck by how many misunderstood what Evans was up to. He wrote several letters about this issue. His letter to Allen Hazen, 15 November 1978, led to Lewis’s...