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Single Idea 10745

[catalogued under 10. Modality / C. Sources of Modality / 5. Modality from Actuality]

Full Idea

Natural science is up to its ears in modal notions because of its use of the concepts of disposition, causation and law.

Gist of Idea

Science is modally committed, to disposition, causation and law


Alex Oliver (The Metaphysics of Properties [1996], 15)

Book Reference

-: 'Mind' [-], p.45

A Reaction

This is aimed at Quine. It might be possible for an auster physicist to dispense with these concepts, by merely describing patterns of observed behaviour.