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Single Idea 14315

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 6. Categorical Properties]

Full Idea

Though categorical properties provide explanations for dispositions, categorical properties are also explained by dispositions; hence neither category uniquely explains the other.

Gist of Idea

Categorical properties and dispositions appear to explain one another


Stephen Mumford (Dispositions [1998], 05.3)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Dispositions' [OUP 1998], p.101

A Reaction

The conclusion doesn't seem to follow. It depends which one is found at the bottom level. It can go up from a basic disposition, to a categorical property, to another disposition - or the other way around.