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8. Modes of Existence / C. Powers and Dispositions / 6. Dispositions / c. Dispositions as conditional

[dispositions understood as hypothetical behaviour]

12 ideas
'The wire is live' can't be analysed as a conditional, because a wire can change its powers [Martin,CB]
Powers depend on circumstances, so can't be given a conditional analysis [Martin,CB]
A 'finkish' disposition is real, but disappears when the stimulus occurs [Lewis]
Empiricists use dispositions reductively, as 'possibility of sensation' or 'possibility of experimental result' [Fodor]
Orthodoxy says dispositions entail conditionals (rather than being equivalent to them) [Mumford]
An object can have a disposition when the revelant conditional is false [Merricks]
A disposition is finkish if a time delay might mean the manifestation fizzles out [Bird]
A robust pot attached to a sensitive bomb is not fragile, but if struck it will easily break [Bird]
A 'finkish' disposition is one that is lost immediately after the appropriate stimulus [Corry]
An 'antidote' allows a manifestation to begin, but then blocks it [Corry]
The simple conditional analysis of dispositions doesn't allow for possible prevention [Mumford/Anjum]
We should think of dispositions as 'to do' something, not as 'to do something, if ....' [Vetter]