Dispositions: A Debate

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$126.64
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $54.98
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 62%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (4) from $54.98   
  • New (1) from $143.23   
  • Used (3) from $54.98   

Overview

'Why did the window break when it was hit by the stone? Because the window is brittle and the stone is hard; hardness and brittleness are powers, dispositional properties or dispositions.'. Dispositions are essential to our understanding of the world. This book is a record of the debate on the nature of dispositions between three distinguished philosophers - D. M. Armstrong, C. B. Martin and U. T. Place - who have been thinking about dispositions all their working lives. Their distinctive accounts cover many of the issues surrounding dispositions such as the nature of mind, matter, universals, existence, laws of nature and causation. Dispositions illuminates this central topic in analytic philosophy and at the same time highlights deeper concerns of metaphysics.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)