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Potentiality: From Dispositions to Modality

Barbara Vetter


This book develops and defends dispositionalism about modality: the view that metaphysical modality is a matter of the dispositions that objects have. Dispositionalism is an attractive view for actualists about modality, and for anyone who embraces an anti-Humean metaphysics of powers. This book shows in detail how such a view is to be formulated, which challenges it faces, and how they may be met. The book begins by arguing that a realist account of dispositions is committed to more than just the ordinary dispositions that are typically appealed to: fragility, solubility, irascibility, and so ... More

Keywords: modality, dispositions, dispositionalism, potentiality, powers, actualism, anti-Humeanism, metaphysics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198714316
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714316.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Vetter, author
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin