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By Jonathan Bennett

In this learn of occasions and their areas in our language and proposal, Bennett propounds and defends perspectives approximately what sort of merchandise an occasion is, how the language of occasions works, and approximately how those topics are interrelated. He argues that almost all of the supposedly metaphysical literature is basically in regards to the semantics in their names, and that the real metaphysic of events--known via Leibniz and rediscovered by means of Kim--has now not been universally approved since it has been tarred with the comb of a fake semantic theory.

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19. Transitivity I introduced the continuity condition by strengthening the analysans of c(f 1 ,f 2 ): I retained the requirement that f 1 be an NS condition of f 2 and added the continuity condition. I proceeded in that way so as to take things one at a time. I now have to explain why the continuity condition is all that we need: for the truth of C(f 1 ,f 2 ), it is not necessary that f 1 be an NS condition of f 2 , which is to say that the original analysis was too strong in one way as well as being too weak in another.

What Mary did to the bicycle was steal it They differ, however, in how they are highlighted. Each uses a "cleft" or "pseudocleft" construction, a syntactic device with the semantic effect of putting a split ("cleft") between two of the conceptual elements and the third, pushing the two into the background and high____________________ 4I am glad to be in agreement with Davidson at this point. See his "Reply to Strawson", pp. 226f. 5See David K. Lewis, "Causal Explanation". -32- lighting the one.

50- IV EVENT CAUSATION 21. Event causation: the relational approach Relational analyses of event-causation statements have dominated the philosophical literature on events. Davidson presents one when he suggests that "e 1 causes e 2 " means: There are descriptions of e 1 and e 2 such that the sentence obtained by putting these descriptions for "e 1 " and "e 2 " in "e 1 causes e 2 " follows from a true causal law. 1 Davidson offers this as "rough", and so it is. It needs four large repairs if it is to have even a chance.

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