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Event: A change of state. The event itself has no duration, otherwise the beginning and the end of the event would have to have their own duration or the beginning and the end of an event in turn would be independent events. See also regress, process, flux, change, states.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Event/action/Davidson: action description-dependent (Mary-example) - Events independent of description.
K. Glüer, Davidson zur Einführung, 1993
Glüer II, 86 ff
VsEvent ontology: various authors: Events are actually superfluous, because adverbial modifications can also be realized with more economical ontology. Montague, Clark, Parsons: "modifier theory": no events, not restricted to "restrictive" adverbs, but more complex logical apparatus.
Jaegwon Kim: Identify events not as individualized individuals, but with the help of properties.

Davidson bases his entire philosophy on the ontology of particular events. Distinguishing between event token and description.
... only then, it is clear, what sense it makes to speak of variously described event tokens, as far as these descriptions contain no intentional adverbs.
Thus, there is no subclass of intentional actions.
But Mary has long since stopped shooting when the burglar dies. But that does not change the fact that it is about descriptions of one and the same event token. The rest is left to nature.
  Climber-Example: mere event, not an intentional action
Event/Davidson: all events can be explained in principle with regard to the operations of the natural laws. (McDowell).
Glüer II 97
Def Events/Davidson/Glüer: an identity statement "a = b" for events is true iff a and b have identical causes and consequences - Glüer: then the causal relationship forms a coordinate system in which each event is uniquely determined - QuineVsDavidson: Regress: Causes and consequences are again events, which have again a place in the net - Davidson: VsDavidson: assumes Quine's criterion for objects:
Glüer II 89
Def Identity for objects/Quine: same space time coordinates - event/Davidson/new: two events can happen at the same time in the same location.
Glüer II 189
Problem: E.g. muscle soreness in singing running - Solution/Davidson: Language instead of coordinates - metaphysical ontological assumptions of everyday language - Solution/Davidson: Description.
Glüer II 101
Description/event/Davidson: E.g. Mary shot at the burglar, but he dies much later. - Identity theory of the events: Problem: the same action - solution: these are descriptions of the same event tokens - Mary only needs to pull the trigger to kill, the rest does the nature.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

D. Davidson
Der Mythos des Subjektiven Stuttgart 1993

D. Davidson
Handlung und Ereignis Frankfurt 1990

D. Davidson
Wahrheit und Interpretation Frankfurt 1990

K. Glüer
D. Davidson Zur Einführung Hamburg 1993

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