Single Idea 15565

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

Full Idea

Events have their essences built in, in the form of necessary conditions for their occurrence.

Gist of Idea

Events have inbuilt essences, as necessary conditions for their occurrence


David Lewis (Events [1986], III)

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'Philosophical Papers Vol.2' [OUP 1986], p.247

A Reaction

Revealing. He thinks the essence of an event is something which precedes the event. I take it as obvious that if an event has an essence, it will be some features of the event that occur in it and during it. They need to be intrinsic.