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Single Idea 8979

[catalogued under 7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 2. Processes]

Full Idea

Some changes are slow and continuous and are called 'processes' rather than events; the growth of a tree or the greying of John's hair.

Gist of Idea

Slow and continuous events (like balding or tree-growth) are called 'processes', not 'events'


Peter Simons (Events [2003], 3.2)

Book Reference

'The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics', ed/tr. Loux,M /Zimmerman,D [OUP 2005], p.370

A Reaction

So making a loaf of bread is an event rather than a process, and World War I was a process rather than an event? If you slow down a dramatic event (on film), you see that it is really a process. I take 'process' to be a much more illuminating word.