An essay on events

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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. 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.

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Zijun Zhou
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