Letter of the month

Letter of the Month, May 2019

David Lewis was a contented atheist. He was adamant that he would never be converted. Throughout his career as he discussed topics of religion with other philosophers he realised that he would never convert his opponents either. Despite this, he thought there was...

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...

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...