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Single Idea 14332

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

Full Idea

Four reasons for reducing everything to the categorical are: categorical predicates have wider scope; dispositions are variably realised by the categorical; categorical is 1st order, dispositions 2nd; categorical properties are explanatorily basic.

Gist of Idea

There are four reasons for seeing categorical properties as the most fundamental


Stephen Mumford (Dispositions [1998], 08.5)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Dispositions' [OUP 1998], p.185

A Reaction

I particularly reject the fourth reason, as I take categorical properties as still in need of explanation. The categorical view is contingent (and Humean), but I take the categorical properties to be necessitated by the underlying powers.