The Magic of Holes

In Pina Marsico & Luca Tateo (eds.), Ordinary Things and Their Extraordinary Meanings. Charlotte (NC): Information Age Publishing. pp. 21-33 (2019)

There is no doughnut without a hole, the saying goes. And that’s true. If you think you can come up with an exception, it simply wouldn’t be a doughnut. Holeless doughnuts are like extensionless color, or durationless sound—nonsense. Does it follow, then, that when we buy a doughnut we really purchase two sorts of thing—the edible stuff plus the little chunk of void in the middle? Surely we cannot just take the doughnut and leave the hole at the grocery store, as we cannot just eat the doughnut and save the hole for later. But then, again, surely when we eat a doughnut we do not also eat the hole. Or do we?
Keywords Holes
Categories (categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

A Subject with No Object.Zoltan Gendler Szabo, John P. Burgess & Gideon Rosen - 1999 - Philosophical Review 108 (1):106.
Holes.David K. Lewis & Stephanie Lewis - 1970 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 48 (2):206 – 212.

View all 8 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Doughnuts.Achille C. Varzi - 2004 - Reports on Philosophy 22:49–59.
Topological Essentialism.Roberto Casati & Achille C. Varzi - 2000 - Philosophical Studies 100 (3):217-236.
Reasoning About Space: The Hole Story.Achille C. Varzi - 1996 - Logic and Logical Philosophy 4:3-39.
Risk-Adjusting the Doughnut Hole to Improve Efficiency and Equity.Richard C. van Kleef, Wynand Pmm van de Ven & René Cja van Vliet - 2011 - Inquiry: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing 48 (4):313-321.
Making Doughnuts of Cohen Reals.Lorenz Halbeisen - 2003 - Mathematical Logic Quarterly 49 (2):173-178.
The Limits of Information.D. J. - 2001 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 32 (4):511-524.
Being and Almost Nothingness.Kris McDaniel - 2010 - Noûs 44 (4):628-649.


Added to PP index

Total views
401 ( #12,185 of 2,255,327 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
43 ( #17,162 of 2,255,327 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes

Sign in to use this feature