Perspectives on the Philosophy of David K. Lewis

Edited by Helen Beebee and A.R.J. Fisher

under contract with Oxford University Press, 2021


David Lewis (1941-2001) was unquestionably one of the most important analytic philosophers of the 20th century, writing papers and books – largely but not exclusively in metaphysics – that set the intellectual agenda across a huge variety of topics in the last 30 years or so of the 20th century, and still do so. The main aim of the project as a whole was to be the first systematic and sustained scholarly treatment of Lewis as an important historical figure, with its main outputs (above) constituting essential points of reference for future historians of 20th century analytic philosophy. The aim of this edited collection is to supplement these core outputs by broadening both the range of topics and issues that are given a scholarly treatment within the project, and the range of authors contributing to that endeavour. Accordingly, the collection covers several topics that were not especially central to Lewis’s concerns but to which he still made important contributions, including ethics (Nolan) and time travel (Bernstein), as well as some more central topics (e.g. modality and causation) and some more ‘big picture’ chapters (Jackson, Fisher, Chalmers). The authors plan to draw to some extent on material that will be published in D.K. Lewis Philosophical Manuscripts (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) and/or the Philosophical Letters of David K. Lewis (Oxford University Press, 2020)The collection will thus serve to advertise the existence, contents, and scholarly uses that can be made of those two works.


Frank Jackson (ANU)

Wolfgang Schwarz (Edinburgh)

John Bigelow & Martin Leckey (Monash)

John Heil (Washington University in St. Louis)

Alastair Wilson (Birmingham)

Sara Bernstein (Notre Dame)

David Chalmers (NYU)

Anthony Fisher (Washington)

Frederique Janssen-Lauret & Fraser MacBride (Manchester)

Helen Beebee (Manchester)

Daniel Nolan (Notre Dame)

Angelika Kratzer (UMass-Amherst)

Michaelis Michael (UNSW)