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Single Idea 14535

[catalogued under 9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 1. Structure of an Object]

Full Idea

A pandispositionalist has to defend the view that even a property such as sphericity is in reality a cluster of causal powers.

Gist of Idea

Pandispositionalists say structures are clusters of causal powers


S.Mumford/R.Lill Anjum (Getting Causes from Powers [2011], 1.1)

Book Reference

Anjum,R.J./Mumford,S.: 'Getting Causes from Powers' [OUP 2011], p.3

A Reaction

Is sphericity even a 'property'? I think 'feature' might be the best word for it. 'Quality' is quite good, but is too suggestive of qualia and secondary qualities. 'Mode' is not bad. Things have 'modes of existence' and 'powers'? Powers create modes.