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Dispositions are essential to our understanding of the world. Dispositions: A Debate is an extended dialogue between three distinguished philosophers - D.M. Armstrong, C.B. Martin and U.T. Place - on the many problems associated with dispositions, which reveals their own distinctive accounts of the nature of dispositions. These are then linked to other issues such as the nature of mind, matter, universals, existence, laws of nature and causation.
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Dispositions

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Overview

Dispositions are essential to our understanding of the world. Dispositions: A Debate is an extended dialogue between three distinguished philosophers - D.M. Armstrong, C.B. Martin and U.T. Place - on the many problems associated with dispositions, which reveals their own distinctive accounts of the nature of dispositions. These are then linked to other issues such as the nature of mind, matter, universals, existence, laws of nature and causation.
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In this context, a disposition is a property (i.e. solubility, fragility, etc.) which, under certain conditions, changes the thing which has it. (For example, something with solubility will dissolve if put in water.) Of concern to philosophers is the fact that though dispositions are real properties, they are described in terms of things that could, but might not take place. Here, three philosophers (from Australia, Canada, and Wales) offer their views, including ideas that extend to issues such as the nature of mind, matter, universals, existence, laws of nature, and causation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203004876
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/6/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 366 KB

Table of Contents

List of authors
Introduction
1 Dispositions as Categorical States
2 Dispositions as Intentional States
3 Place's and Armstrong's Views Compared and Contrasted
4 A Conceptualist Ontology
5 Properties and Dispositions
6 Reply to Martin
7 Structural Properties: Categorical, Dispositional or Both?
8 Replies to Armstrong and Place
9 Second Reply to Martin
10 Conceptualism and the Ontological Independence of Cause and Effect
11 Final Replies to Place and Armstrong
Index
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