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Single Idea 14325

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / C. Powers and Dispositions / 6. Dispositions / b. Dispositions and powers]

Full Idea

Dispositions can regain the metaphysical role traditionally ascribed to real powers: the that-in-virtue-of-which-something-will-G, if F.

Gist of Idea

Maybe dispositions can replace powers in metaphysics, as what induces property change


Stephen Mumford (Dispositions [1998], 06.9)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Dispositions' [OUP 1998], p.141

A Reaction

The attraction is that dispositions can be specified a little more clearly (especially in Mumford's functional version) whereas there may be no more to say about a power once it has been located and named.