Single Idea 15561

[catalogued under 7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 4. Events / a. Nature of events]

Full Idea

There is no guarantee that events made for semantics are the same as events that are causes and effects.

Gist of Idea

The events that suit semantics may not be the events that suit causation


David Lewis (Events [1986], I)

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'Philosophical Papers Vol.2' [OUP 1986], p.241

A Reaction

This little cri de couer could be a motto for a huge amount of analytic philosophy, which (for some odd reason) thought that mathematics, logic, set theory and formal semantics were good tools for explaining nature.