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Powers

John Heil

in From an Ontological Point of View

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780199259748
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199259747.003.0008
 Powers

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Intrinsic properties of concrete objects endow their possessors with powers or dispositionalities. Powers are not relations or ‘relational properties’, nor are they ‘higher‐level’ properties. A power exists whether or not it is ever manifested. A power's manifestation is, in most cases, reciprocal: a mutual manifestation of reciprocal partners.

Keywords: disposition; intrinsic; manifestation; C. B. Martin; power; reciprocal disposition partners; reciprocity; relation; relational property; S. Shoemaker

Chapter.  3784 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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