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Dispositional and Categorical Properties

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/10.1093/0199259747.003.0009
 Dispositional and Categorical Properties

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One popular view of dispositions turns them into ‘higher‐level’ properties with categorical ‘realizers’. The position is motivated in part by the belief that the same disposition can have different bases, and in part by a conviction that powers are contingent features of the world. I argue that the belief and conviction are misguided.

Keywords: D. M. Armstrong; categorical property; contingent law; disposition; dispositional property; Humeanism; F. Jackson; law; R. Pargetter; power; E. W. Prior; realization

Chapter.  4468 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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