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Towards a Metaphysics of Processes

Grant number: 18/16465-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - Epistemology
Principal researcher:Marco Antonio Caron Ruffino
Grantee:Francesco Maria Ferrari
Home Institution: Centro de Lógica, Epistemologia e História da Ciência (CLE). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):20/07440-0 - Duality and emergence of process-based entities, BE.EP.PD


This project is an enquiry in the metaphysics of processes and its semantics. For processes we means here, in the most generic way, dynamic entities such as actions or oriented relations, as opposite to static ones, e.g., substances, things or objects. How can we understand, justify and account for the asymmetry ofbecoming and the consequent emergence of contingently stable objects (properties)in terms of dynamical entities such as processes? The project is, thus, articulated so as to answer the following questions: (i) Are processes, conceived as basic entities, compatible with the constraints imposed by fundamental natural sciences? (ii) What is the basic mechanism that provides an explicationof how emergent objectuality arises from processes? (iii) What are the consequencesfor any formal and semantic analysis of the emergence of objectuality?

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FRANCESCO MARIA FERRARI. PROCESS-BASED ENTITIES ARE RELATIONAL STRUCTURES. From Whitehead to Structuralism. Manuscrito, v. 44, n. 1, p. 149-207, Mar. 2021.

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