The constitution of events

Jones, Tessa (2013) The constitution of events. The Monist, 96 1: 73-86.

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Author Jones, Tessa
Title The constitution of events
Journal name The Monist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0026-9662
Publication date 2013-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 96
Issue 1
Start page 73
End page 86
Total pages 14
Place of publication Cary, NC, United States
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Donald Davidson argues that 'the stabbing of Caesar' and 'the killing of Caesar' are two descriptions of the one event whereas Jaegwon Kim contends events are more fine-grained and two events occurred, related by supervenience. I argue that neither solution is satisfactory and, inspired by Lynne Rudder Baker, I develop a constitution relation governing co-occurring, co-located events such that the stabbing of Caesar comes to constitute the killing of Caesar when the stabbing occurs in the appropriate circumstances. According to my view, the stabbing of Caesar is meta-physically distinct from the killing of Caesar such that the killing is dependent on the stabbing, yet is not identical to it.
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