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David Lewis (Philosophy Now) Paperback – January 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1844650033 ISBN-10: 1844650030 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Philosophy Now
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844650030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844650033
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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"An excellent textbook for upper level classes on metaphysics or philosophy of mind ... the book should also have value for professional philosophers because of how it draws out the connections between Lewis's views ... and the critical element of Nolan's exposition should be helpful at points even to experts." - Mind "Daniel Nolan has performed an excellent feat in making accessible one of the deepest thinkers in recent philosophy. He has produced a book that can introduce students and non-specialist philosophers to the range and importance of Lewis's work. This book is a major new aid to understanding Lewis." - Stephen Mumford, University of Nottingham "essential reading for specialists and non-specialists alike in metaphysics, mind, epistemology and language. Nolan has given us a pellucid, lively and accessible overview of the diverse strands of Lewis's work. I know of no other treatment of Lewis that is as useful, comprehensive and well written." - L. A. Paul, University of Arizona "Daniel Nolan has the breadth of knowledge and technical facility to produce this first-rate, user-friendly study of the Lewisian system. In doing so, he has provided a great service to both specialists and non-specialists alike." - Alan Hajek, Australian National University

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Daniel Nolan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham.

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By Joe J. Kern on February 18, 2015
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If you want some thorough and in-depth help understanding Lewis, this is currently the only going concern (sounds like something Lewis would say), and so we should count ourselves as lucky that it is so good. And if you want to understand Lewis, you will probably need some help. Though Lewis' writing style is clear, energetic, and funny, making him a breeze to read, picking up something he has written is like jumping into the middle of an email thread on an esoteric topic between people who have been discussing it for decades. He does not provide the context himself for why someone who hasn't been already thinking about a particular topic for years should care about it. This is, of course, true of a great many philosophers, but Lewis's breezy style makes it particularly stark.

So, thank the Humean mosaic for Daniel Nolan. He doesn't bring the discourse quite down to the level of an average intelligent person, but he does pull it back enough that a person willing to put in the work can get a foothold on Lewis. If you need a suggestion, I'd say start with Nolan, read through chapter 3, then start Lewis' On The Plurality of Worlds, then go back and re-read some of Nolan, then some of Lewis, etc. etc. If plurality of worlds isn't your specific interest, then do this for whatever is. Also, Nolan's chapter 9, on Lewis' overall philosophical method, is an essential part of this starting process, to be read after you've read a little Lewis, even though it's at the end of Nolan's book.
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Daniel Nolan is Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University. He has held previous positions at the University of Nottingham, St Andrews University, Syracuse University, Macquarie University and The University of Queensland.

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