Holes and Other Superficialities


This fascinating investigation on the borderlines of metaphysics, everyday geometry, and the theory of perception seeks to answer two basic questions: Do holes really exist? And if so, what are they? Holes are among entities that down-to-earth philosophers would like to expel from their ontological inventory. Casati and Varzi argue in favor of their existence and explore the consequences of this unorthodox approach—odd as these might appear. They examine the ontology of holes, their geometry, their part-whole relations, their identity, their causal role, and the ways we perceive them.

A Bradford Book

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. 1. Introduction
  3. 2. Superficial Particulars
  4. 3. Immaterial Bodies
  5. 4. Hollows, Tunnels, Cavities, and More
  6. 5. Fillers and Skins
  7. 6. The Natural History of Discontinuities
  8. 7. Parts and Holes
  9. 8. Causality, Shapes, and Solidity
  10. 9. Sameness and Non-Substance
  11. 10. Ways of Holemaking
  12. 11. Hole Detection
  13. 12. The Field of Emptiness
  14. Appendix: Outline of a Theory
  15. Puzzles and Exercises
  16. Further Reading
  17. Index