Events, processes, and the time of a killing

Yair Levy*

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The paper proposes a novel solution to the problem of the time of a killing (ToK), which persistently besets theories of act-individuation. The solution proposed claims to expose a crucial wrong-headed assumption in the debate, according to which ToK is essentially a problem of locating some event that corresponds to the killing. The alternative proposal put forward here turns on recognizing a separate category of dynamic occurrents, viz. processes. The paper does not aim to mount a comprehensive defence of process ontology, relying instead on extant defences. The primary aim is rather to put process ontology to work in diagnosing the current state of play over ToK, and indeed in solving it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-144
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020


  • Donald Davidson
  • J.J. Thomson
  • act-individuation
  • events
  • processes
  • time of a killing


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