Class Participation

Direct Known Subclasses:
Action Contribution, Resource Participation

public class Participation

Events are ontologically dependent entities in the sense that they existentially depend on their participants in order to exist. Take for instance the event e: the stabbing of Caesar by Brutus. In this event we have the participation of Caesar himself, of Brutus and of the knife. In this case, e is composed of the individual participation of each of these entities. Each of these participations is itself an event that can be complex or atomic but which existentially depends on a single substantial. It is important to emphasize that being atomic and being instantaneous are orthogonal notions in this framework, i.e., atomic participations can be time-extended as well as an instantaneous event can be composed of multiple (instantaneous) participations.