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Single Idea 8980

[catalogued under 7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 4. Events / c. Reduction of events]

Full Idea

The criticism most frequently levelled against Kim's theory is that it results in an unacceptable plurality of finely differentiated events, because of the requirement for identity of the constituent property.


See Idea 8974 for Kim's theory

Gist of Idea

Kim's theory results in too many events


comment on Jaegwon Kim (Events as property exemplifications [1976]) by Peter Simons - Events 4.4

Book Reference

'The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics', ed/tr. Loux,M /Zimmerman,D [OUP 2005], p.375

A Reaction

This may mean that the Battle of Waterloo was several trillion events, which seems daft to the historian, but it doesn't to the physicist. A cannon firing is indeed an accumulation of lots of little events.

Related Idea

Idea 8974 Events are composed of an object with an attribute at a time [Kim, by Simons]