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Single Idea 14291

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / C. Powers and Dispositions / 6. Dispositions / e. Dispositions as potential]

Full Idea

Dispositions should correctly be understood as more than mere possibilities. To say something has a disposition is to say something about how it is actually.

Gist of Idea

Dispositions are not just possibilities - they are features of actual things


Stephen Mumford (Dispositions [1998], Pref)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Dispositions' [OUP 1998], p.-7

A Reaction

To me this is a basic axiom of metaphysics. The word 'power' serves well for the actual embodiment of a disposition. A power gives rise to one or more dispositions. Or one or more powers give rise to a disposition?