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Single Idea 14312

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

Full Idea

The orthodox realist view has it that what makes an ascription a disposition ascription is not that it is equivalent to a conditional proposition but that it entails one.

Gist of Idea

Orthodoxy says dispositions entail conditionals (rather than being equivalent to them)


Stephen Mumford (Dispositions [1998], 04.7)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Dispositions' [OUP 1998], p.83

A Reaction

Mumford says that Martin has shown that dispositions need not entail conditionals (when a 'fink' is operating, something which intervenes between disposition and outcome).