The life of a process

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Title: The life of a process
Authors: Stout, Rowland
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Date: 2003
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Rodopi
Keywords: MetaphysicsMereologyOntologicalWhen a child is growing, something is happening - the process of that child growing. We can identify and talk about this process. It started before birth and will last until the child reaches full size - one and the same process throughout. When that child has stopped growing, we can retrospectively identify the process as something that was happening. But we can also retrospectively identify something else. We can identify what happened - the event of that child growing. The event is not an on-going thing, nor was it ever. By its very nature it is a gone-over sort of thing. The aim of this paper is to consider the relationship between such things. And I will approach this by considering the relationship between our ways of describing such things. So, although I am interested in developing the metaphysics of processes and events, I approach this by considering how we talk about processes and events. My conclusion will be that our talk of gone-over events depends on our talk of going-on processes.
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: G. Debrock (ed.). Pragmatic Process : Essays on a Quiet Philosophical Revolution
ISBN: 978-90-420-0985-1
Appears in Collections:Philosophy Research Collection

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