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Understanding EventsFrom Perception to Action$
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Thomas F. Shipley and Jeffrey M. Zacks

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195188370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188370.001.0001

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Events Are What We Make of Them

Events Are What We Make of Them

(p.54) 3 Events Are What We Make of Them
Understanding Events

Robert Schwartz

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of the notion of an event. It argues that various ideas associated with the object/event distinction are not on firm ground, and considers the claim that events (as opposed to objects) are changes. It concludes that the universe does not come parceled into events, and the events individuated do not arrive with “natural” boundaries among their parts that simply await inspection, perception, recognition, and description. Thus, both events themselves and the theoretically significant concepts of “event” and “event perception” — which hope to go beyond loose, unreflective, everyday talk — also require construction.

Keywords:   changes, event perception, event notion, ontological objects, object perception

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