When an event occurs which involves a change from a state to a state not-, when does the change occur? This is known in the philosophical literature as the problem of the moment of change. I discuss a puzzle based on this problem raised by Sextus Empiricus in Against the Physicists. I compare two lines of solution, one provided by Hans Kamp’s work on the logic of change and the other inspired by Aristotle’s claim that change cannot happen at an instant. I end with a discussion of these solutions vis-à-vis the account of cessation implicatures proposed by Altshuler and Schwarzschild.

Did Socrates Die? : a Note on the Moment of Change / A. Zucchi - In: The Semantics of Plurals, Focus, Degrees, and Times : Essays in Honor of Roger Schwarzschild. / [a cura di] D. Altshuler, J. Rett. - Prima edizione. - Cham : Springer, 2019. - ISBN 9783030044374. - pp. 259-281 [10.1007/978-3-030-04438-1_13]

Did Socrates Die? : a Note on the Moment of Change

A. Zucchi
2019

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When an event occurs which involves a change from a state to a state not-, when does the change occur? This is known in the philosophical literature as the problem of the moment of change. I discuss a puzzle based on this problem raised by Sextus Empiricus in Against the Physicists. I compare two lines of solution, one provided by Hans Kamp’s work on the logic of change and the other inspired by Aristotle’s claim that change cannot happen at an instant. I end with a discussion of these solutions vis-à-vis the account of cessation implicatures proposed by Altshuler and Schwarzschild.
Moment of change; Events; Aktionsart; Cessation implicatures; Bivalence
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