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Dispositions

Jennifer McKitrick

in Philosophy

ISBN: 9780195396577
Published online June 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0136
Dispositions

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Many philosophers consider dispositions (a.k.a. powers, capacities, tendencies, etc.) to be a major ontological category, on a par with objects, properties, events, and causes. Even those who would diminish their metaphysical significance must admit dispositional concepts play a large role in ordinary life, science, and philosophy. This entry is focused largely on contemporary discussions about how to analyze or understand dispositions and their relations to conditionals, properties, and laws.

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Epistemology ; Feminist Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Law ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Religion ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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