Single Idea 15566

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

Full Idea

If events are classes, as I propose, then they have a mereology in the way that all classes do: the parts of a class are its subclasses.

Gist of Idea

Events are classes, and so there is a mereology of their parts


David Lewis (Events [1986], V)

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'Philosophical Papers Vol.2' [OUP 1986], p.258

A Reaction

Lewis says events are properties, which he regards as classes. It is not clear that events are strictly mereological. Could one happening be two events? Is WWII a simple sum of its parts? [see p.260]