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The Powers Metaphysic

Neil E. Williams


Systematic metaphysics is defined by its task of solving metaphysical problems through the repeated application of a single, fundamental ontology. The dominant contemporary metaphysic is that of neo-Humeanism, built on a static ontology typified by its rejection of basic causal and modal features. This book offers and develops a radically distinct metaphysic, one that turns the status quo on its head. Starting with a foundational ontology of inherently causal properties known as ‘powers’, a metaphysic is developed that appeals to powers in explanations of causation, persistence, laws, and moda ... More

Keywords: powers, systematic metaphysics, neo-Humeanism, causal powers, metaphysic, properties, modality, ontology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198833574
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198833574.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil E. Williams, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Buffalo