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Write-up2 (as at 04/07/2018 18:31:41): Holes & Smiles
- I was unsure whether to title this Note as “Holes” or “Smiles”, so decided on a combination, though only the former is a recognised philosophical topic.
- The relevance to my thesis is somewhat tangential, but the idea is that there are features of other things that are – most likely – not separable entities but which still have persistence conditions. It makes sense to ask whether a particular hole is the same hole as it was a week ago, or a particular smile the same smile as a few seconds ago – smiles “wear thin” if the photographer takes too long. But neither holes nor smiles can exist separately to their host. The Cheshire Cat’s smile is not to be taken at face value.
- I see an analogy with this situation and persons4 or FPPs5. Often, when a non-philosopher doubts whether someone is the same person as they had been previously, they are thinking of a radical personality change. A personality is like a very complex and enduring smile – a property of something else. It cannot exist on its own, disembodied, or pass from one body to another.
- The philosophical topic of holes is not the same as the topological one. A hole in topology has a specific meaning to the effect that the holed object cannot be shrunk to a point. However, it seems that philosophical holes include pits. A pitted sphere is topologically equivalent to a smooth one. The same goes for a sphere with a curly-whirly woodworm hole that doesn’t form a knot, and doesn’t pass through the sphere. Not that this has any obvious bearing on the philosophy of personal identity!
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read6, include7 the following:-
- "Baillie (James) - What Am I?", Baillie8
- "Casati (Roberto) & Varzi (Achille) - Holes", Casati & Varzi
- "Finn (Suki) - Is a hole a real thing, or just a place where something isn’t?", Finn
- "Lewis (David) & Lewis (Stephanie) - Holes", Lewis
- "Olson (Eric) - What Are We?", Olson9
- "Thomas (Janice L.) - Plato's Phaedo", Thomas10
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Casati (Roberto) & Varzi (Achille) - Counting the Holes", Casati & Varzi
- "Casati (Roberto) & Varzi (Achille) - Immaterial Bodies", Casati & Varzi
- "Geach (Peter) & Stoothoff (Robert) - Symposium: What Actually Exists", Geach
- "Giralt (Nuria) & Bloom (Paul) - How Special Are Objects? Children's Reasoning about Objects, Parts, and Holes", Giralt & Bloom
- "Karmo (Toomas) - Disturbances", Karmo
→ "Bench-Capon (T.J.M.) - A Note on Mr. Karmo's Disturbances"
- "Lewis (David) & Lewis (Stephanie) - Casati and Varzi on Holes", Lewis
- "Meadows (Phillip John) - What Angles Can Tell Us About What Holes Are Not", Meadows
- "Miller (Kristie) - Immaterial Beings", Miller
- "Sosa (Ernest) - Subjects Among Other Things", Sosa11
- "Wake (Andrew), Spencer (Joshua) & Fowler (Gregory) - Holes as Regions of Spacetime", Wake
- This is mostly a place-holder12.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (04/07/2018 18:31:41).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
- This paper – inter alia – confirms my “take” on the Cheshire Cat’s smile.
- Olson mentions dents rather than holes, but a dent is a hole philosophically-speaking, it seems.
- Simmias’s “tuning of the lyre” objection to the separable existence of souls. Thomas mentions the Cheshire Cat.
- Mentions smiles and persons in Section G.
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