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Properties as Pure 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/10.1093/0199259747.003.0010
 Properties as Pure Powers

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Properties are powers, but not pure powers. A world comprising objects, properties of which are exclusively dispositional, like a purely relational world, is indistinguishable from an empty world. If there are such worlds, they are bad models for ours. Powers and qualities go hand in hand.

Keywords: D. M. Armstrong; R. Boskovich; bundle; K. Campbell; R. R. Dipert; disposition; power; property; quality; relation; space; spatial part; substantial part

Chapter.  5304 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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