Dispositional Vs. Categorical

John Campbell

in Reference and Consciousness

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780199243815
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597145 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

 Dispositional Vs. Categorical

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I have emphasized that we need the relational view of experience to explain how it is that we have the conception of objects and properties as categorical. Some, though, have said that we have only the conception of objects and properties as complexes of dispositions. I use a puzzle of Shoemaker's to show that if we abandon the conception of the categorical, we lose our grip on the notion of the existence of individual objects altogether.

Keywords: categorical; dispositional; existence; objects; relational

Chapter.  9617 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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