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The Ontology of MindEvents, Processes, and States$
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Helen Steward

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250647

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250647.001.0001

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Events as Changes

Events as Changes

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(p.56) 2 Events as Changes
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The Ontology of Mind
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Helen Steward

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250647.003.0003

This chapter looks at the account of events offered by Lawrence Lombard in Events: A Metaphysical Study. Lombard thinks that events are changes, which is a view which fits well with the particularity constraint. It is therefore quite promising as a candidate for a view of events which might permit them to perform the sort of role which they ought to play in the philosophy of mind. It is also undeniable that it is a very natural view. But it is argued that, its appeal notwithstanding, it cannot be quite right. There seem to be events which cannot be fitted into Lombard's account; and reflection on these examples reveals that it is not change, but something else, which is really fundamental to the category.

Keywords:   Lawrence Lombard, events, change, Events: A Metaphysical Study

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