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[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / C. Powers and Dispositions / 7. Against Powers]

Full Idea

In the old-fashioned sense, 'powers' are real potentialities that initiate changes but seem to have a mysterious existence in between those changes.

Gist of Idea

Traditional powers initiate change, but are mysterious between those changes


Stephen Mumford (Dispositions [1998], 07.10)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Dispositions' [OUP 1998], p.168

A Reaction

What is a person when they are asleep? What is a dishwasher when it isn't running? What is gunpowder when it doesn't explode? We all understand latent powers. To see them as a 'mystery' is to want to know too much.