Peter Simons

in The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284221
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy


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Philosophical discussion of the ontological category of events is relatively young. There is no entry for ‘event’ in the 1967 Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Most philosophically mooted categories are old, but events come to full prominence only in the twentieth century, first in issues of the philosophy of science, then in the philosophies of mind, action, and language. Events are disputed entities on every point: whether there really are any; whether they are metaphysically basic or reducible; what their nature and structure is; how they are to be justified; what use they are. There is little agreement on any of these points, but in the light of discussion in the late twentieth century it seems that the ontological category of events is here to stay.

Keywords: events; ontological categories; philosophy of science; philosophies of mind; causality; cosmology

Article.  12775 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Science

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