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Dispositions

Stephen Mumford

Abstract

This book puts forward a new theory of dispositions, showing how central their role in metaphysics and philosophy of science is. Much of our understanding of the physical and psychological world is expressed in terms of dispositional properties — from the spin of a subatomic particle and the solubility of sugar to a person's belief that zebras have stripes. The book discusses what it means to say that something has a property of this kind, and how dispositions can possibly be real things in the world. They have seemed too many to reside on the fringes of actuality, waiting to manifest themselv ... More

Keywords: dispositions, metaphysics, philosophy of science, dispositional properties, actuality, properties, causation, scientific laws

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199259823
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259823.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Mumford, author
Reader in Philosophy, University of Nottingham
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