chapter  4
Kinds of Events
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One important generalization of relative essentialism is that it applies to all sorts of beings, not just to physical objects and stuffs. In particular, the view applies to events. “Is an event” is a general category of being, not a particular kind of entity. Just as there is no single formula that specifi es identity-conditions for all physical objects, so there is no criterion for identity of events as such. Furthermore, just as there can be multiple physical objects in the same space at a time, so there can be multiple events with the same causes and same effects. Relative essentialism can allow that we posit many sorts of events with different identity-conditions. Distinct events may coincide by having the same causes and effects, just as distinct physical objects may coincide by occupying the same space at the same time.