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Single Idea 14331

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

Full Idea

The categorical eliminativist claims that there are no dispositional properties. All properties must be conceived of as categorical states or mechanisms, in the spirit of Boyle's explanation of powers.

Gist of Idea

Categorical eliminativists say there are no dispositions, just categorical states or mechanisms


Stephen Mumford (Dispositions [1998], 08.3A)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Dispositions' [OUP 1998], p.178

A Reaction

What is the difference between a structure and a mechanism? How do we distinguish an active from an inactive mechanism? Without powers or dispositions, nature is dead junk.