Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Process/Flux, philosophy: is a process of change that is restricted by natural law or by human planning or technical devices. It is the antonym to object. See also flux, change, movement, condition, process ontology, events, programs, mereology.

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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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I 124f
Flux/Heraclitus/ChisholmVsQuine: Quine needs spatial and temporal extension on the same level - Chi: not every sum of flux stages is a flux process - we have to say what conditions a sum must satisfy to be a flow process. - Problem: that in turn presupposes continuants: shore, observers - or: absolute space - or introduction of "is co-fluvial with" - this could only be explained circularly by "is the same river as" - thus the four-dimensionalism has not eliminated all singular or general terms that denote continuants.
SimonsVsQuine: one does not bath in a flux stage but in the whole flux. - Error: trying to change the subject to leave the predicate unchanged.
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I125
Time stage/flux stages/SimonsVsFour-Dimensionalism: stages misleading: e.g. a Philip stage is not drunk, but the whole man - one does not bath in a flux stadium - consequent description in four-dimensionalism only by higher beings - for us not decidable - Terminology. Process ontology here = four-dimensionalism. - Simons: not impossible, only language different.
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I 127
SimonsVsFour-Dimensionalism: convenient representation of the Minkowski space, but representation is not an ontological argument.
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I 126
Process/Geach/Simons has all its properties timeless, that means, what has different properties, are the temporal parts - not the whole process - hence no change - E.g. like the poker which is hot on one end and cold at the other.

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Si I
P. Simons
Parts Oxford New York 1987


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-06-22