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An essay on events

Zhou, Z; (2012) An essay on events. Masters thesis , UCL (University College London).

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This thesis presents a detailed investigation of Jaegwon’s Kim familiar analysis of events which holds that an event is the exemplification of a property by an object at a particular time. Despite its popularity across many areas of philosophy, the so-called Kimean view of events has been the subject of numerous criticisms, and is widely thought to be an implausible account of what events ontologically are (and, relatedly, an implausible analysis of the conditions under which two events are not distinct). This thesis has two goals. First, I intend to relook at the common objections often thought to signal the death-knell of the Kimean view of events; I will argue that these objections are either unconvincing or that they may be easily circumvented. Second, by drawing from numerous seminal writings on the semantics and ontology of events by Zeno Vendler, I intend to argue that Kimean view of events presents a far too crude analysis of what events in fact are.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: An essay on events
Language: English
Additional information: Permission for digitisation not received
Keywords: Metaphysics, Events, Semantics
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1379022
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