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Single Idea 13594

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / D. Laws of Nature / 8. Scientific Essentialism / a. Scientific essentialism]

Full Idea

We do not claim, as some do, that fundamental dispositional properties are the ontological basis of all properties. On the contrary, there are equally fundamental categorical properties - for example, spatio-temporal relations and structures.

Gist of Idea

The ontological fundamentals are dispositions, and also categorical (spatio-temporal and structural) properties


Brian Ellis (Scientific Essentialism [2001], 3.09)

Book Reference

Ellis,Brian: 'Scientific Essentialism' [CUP 2007], p.127

A Reaction

The source of disagreement between Bird and Ellis. Bird denies the existence of 'categorical properties'. I think I am with Bird. Space and time are as much part of the given as the elements, and then categorical properties result from dispositions.