Single Idea 8977

[catalogued under 7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 4. Events / c. Reduction of events]

Full Idea

Since some tautologously universal properties such as self-identity or being such that 2+2=4 apply to all things at all times, that is stretching Kim's events too far. Candidate properties need to be realistically restricted, and it is unclear how.

Gist of Idea

Since properties like self-identity and being 2+2=4 are timeless, Kim must restrict his properties


comment on Jaegwon Kim (Events as property exemplifications [1976]) by Peter Simons - Events 2.1

Book Reference

'The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics', ed/tr. Loux,M /Zimmerman,D [OUP 2005], p.366

A Reaction

You could deploy Schoemaker's concept of natural properties in terms of the source of causal powers, but the problem would be that you were probably hoping to then use Kim's events to define causation. Answer: treat causation as the primitive.