Events and Facts

  • Dorothy Emmet


I have said that the concept of a process is constantly used, but little discussed. Not so that of events. There is a considerable literature on events, and the word has become something of a term of art. I shall be looking into some of the literature with the restricted interest of trying to see how events differ from processes, and asking whether some of the uses to which events are put in philosophy would be better served by processes.


Temporal Part Existential Quantifier Extensional View Event Ontology Adverbial Qualifier 
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  1. 1.
    Another view of events as depending for their identification on objects is P.F. Strawson’s in Individuals (London, 1959).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 4.
    Cf. P.M.S. Hacker, ‘Events, Ontology, and Grammar’, in Philosophy, Vol. 57 (October 1982).Google Scholar
  3. 7.
    See E. Lemmon’s comments on ‘The Logical Form of Action Sentences’ in The Logic of Decision and Action, ed. N. Rescher (Pittsburgh, 1966), pp. 96–103.Google Scholar
  4. 11.
    Whitehead, The Concept of Nature, (Cambridge, 1926) pp. 166–71.Google Scholar
  5. 18.
    Russell in the passage quoted. F.P. Ramsey ‘Facts and Propositions’ in The Foundations of Mathematics (London, 1931), pp. 138ff.Google Scholar
  6. 22.
    Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus 1. ‘Die Welt is alles, was der Fall ist’. (London, 1922).Google Scholar

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© Dorothy Emmet 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothy Emmet
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK
  2. 2.Lucy Cavendish CollegeCambridgeUK
  3. 3.Lady Margaret HallOxfordUK

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