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Single Idea 12880

[catalogued under 7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 3. Moments]

Full Idea

A 'moment' is something which is founded on something else. Examples are legion: smiles, headaches, gestures, skids, collisions, fights, thought, all founded on their participants, the continuants involved in them.

Gist of Idea

Moments are things like smiles or skids, which are founded on other things


Peter Simons (Parts [1987], 8.4)

Book Reference

Simons,Peter: 'Parts: a Study in Ontology' [OUP 1987], p.304

A Reaction

The idea of a 'moment' and 'foundation' come from Husserl Log. Inv. 3. Simons says moments 'have a bright future in ontology'. It would be better if fewer of his examples involved human beings and their perceptions.