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Single Idea 14760

[catalogued under 7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 2. Processes]

Full Idea

Four-dimensionalism does not respect a deep difference between thing-talk and process-talk, because it tends to place events and things in the same ontological category.

Gist of Idea

Four-dimensionalism sees things and processes as belonging in the same category


Theodore Sider (Four Dimensionalism [2001], 6.1)

Book Reference

Sider,Theodore: 'Four Dimensionalism' [OUP 2003], p.211

A Reaction

He then quotes Broad, Idea 14759. This idea is the best reason yet for being sympathetic to the four-dimensionalist view, because I think processes really must have a central place in any decent ontology.

Related Idea

Idea 14759 A thing is simply a long event, linked by qualities, and spatio-temporal unity [Broad]