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Single Idea 22627

[catalogued under 9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 1. Physical Objects]

Full Idea

Compound objects are to be considered processes, if by ‘process’ we mean any entity for which change is essential for its continued existence.

Gist of Idea

Compound objects are processes, insofar as change is essential to them


R.D. Ingthorsson (A Powerful Particulars View of Causation [2021], 7)

Book Reference

'Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time', ed/tr. Callender,Craig [OUP 2013], p.106

A Reaction

This doesn't seem to matter much, except to challenge those who say that reality consists of processes, and therefore not of substances.

Related Ideas

Idea 22626 Process philosophy insists that processes are not inferior in being to substances [Rescher]

Idea 14759 A thing is simply a long event, linked by qualities, and spatio-temporal unity [Broad]