C.D. Broad on Things and Processes: A Process Ontology of Tropes

History of Philosophy Quarterly 39 (4):385-406 (2022)
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In Examination of McTaggart's Philosophy, C.D. Broad advanced a distinctive ontology of things and processes. He argues that neither things nor processes are reduced to each other but instead are reduced to some further kind of entity: “absolute process.” This paper will present Broad's theory of absolute processes and argue that they are best understood as tropes by developing a version of Donald C. Williams's trope ontology. This process ontology of tropes is then defended against objections in the contemporary metaphysics literature.

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A. R. J. Fisher
Gonzaga University


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