Webinar Oct. 7, 2020
Johanna Seibt, Aarhus University
GPT is a mono-categoreal process ontology, with non-transitive part-relation as the basic relationship among the basic entity called “general process”. General processes are concrete, yet indeterminate (general), dynamic individuals. While according to the GPT the world is a field of interconnected processes, it is possible to define different types of dynamic continuity within this field of goings-on. Some of these types of dynamic continuity engender transtemporal sameness, others engender transtemporal difference (change), with different forms of ‘additivity’ or “aggregativity” (Wimsatt) patterns resulting in ‘constructive’ and ‘destructive’ alterations. I discuss whether the current taxonomical framework of GPT can present at least criteria (necessary conditions) for at least some of those types of dynamic continuity that figure in biological “mechanisms”.