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A Plenitude of Power

Peter Unger

in All the Power in the World

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195155617
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850563 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195155617.003.0005
A Plenitude of Power

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This chapter explores how it may be that substantial individuals are powered, or propensities. It discusses the propensity of basic physical entities and the propensity of other possible concrete, including immaterial minds. The chapter then articulates an idea of individualistically directed propensities or, for short, individualistic powers. There will be some worlds in which each of the its physical objects has propensities with respect to the sizes of other physical things, with which it is thus set to interact. The chapter also considers the hypothesis that all physical propensities concern only something as to quality; that is, whenever a physical entity has a propensity with regard to physical reality, the power always concerns, or it is always with respect to, only something as to the quality of some physical things. It furthermore discusses propensity, possibility, accident, and probability, as well as individualistically directed propensities and Cartesian dualism, Scientiphicalism, self-directed propensity and experiential awareness, temporal monotony and temporal change, propensity for monotony and propensity for change, basic concrete, propensity for annihilation, and propensity for continuation.

Keywords: Cartesian dualism; Scientiphicalism; propensities; concrete; physical entities; individualistic powers; physical reality; experiential awareness; monotony; annihilation

Chapter.  44271 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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