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Therefore, classic ontology denies any full reality to change, which is conceived as only accidental and not essential

In the above sentence, which is the object(or complement) of the 'deny'? what is the 'to change' to modify? what is the 'which' substitutes?

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For more context, take a look at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Process_philosophy –  Dusty Mar 9 '11 at 17:08
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The object of deny is any full reality. The word change is being used as a noun, and is the object of the preposition to, which indicates whose claim is being denied. (Note that this in not an instance of the infinitive to change.) So this:

Classical ontology denies any full reality to change.

Basically means:

Classical ontology denies that change is fully real.

The antecedent of the relative pronoun which is the noun change. So the second half of the quoted sentence means:

Change is conceived as only accidental and not essential.

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+1 This is how I like my explanations. –  Cerberus Mar 10 '11 at 0:15
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