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Single Idea 14538

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / C. Powers and Dispositions / 1. Powers]

Full Idea

Properties, causes, modality, events, and perhaps even particulars, can all be explained in terms of powers.

Gist of Idea

Powers explain properties, causes, modality, events, and perhaps even particulars


S.Mumford/R.Lill Anjum (Getting Causes from Powers [2011], 1.2)

Book Reference

Anjum,R.J./Mumford,S.: 'Getting Causes from Powers' [OUP 2011], p.10

A Reaction

I love powers, but this may be optimistic. I take the concept of causation to be 'more' primitive than powers; how else could you even say what a power is? I presume something must exist to have the power, which gives you particulars.