Event composition and event individuation

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This chapter explores a consequence of Davidson’s (1967) foundational hypothesis that events are in some nontrivial way similar to individuals: just as an individual can form part of a larger individual, an event can form part of a larger event. This implies that events may be composed of multiple smaller events. The chapter addresses two related questions: First, what are the logical underpinnings of the relationship between events and their parts? Second, how do we recognize, or individuate, events? Both of these are addressed through the lens of parallels with the domain of individuals. With respect to the first, the chapter summarizes foundational work by Link and others on mereological relations between events and individuals. With respect to the second, it proposes that events can be individuated in different ways, depending on whether they are perceived as purely physical, as intentional, or other.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Event Structure
EditorsRobert Truswell
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)9780199685318
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • event composition
  • event individuation
  • lexical decomposition
  • intention
  • culmination
  • nominalization


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