Dispositions

Dispositions

by Stephen Mumford
     
 

Mumford puts forward a new theory of dispositions, showing how central their role in metaphysics and philosophy of science is. Much of our understanding of the physical and psychological world is expressed in terms of dispositional properties—from the spin of a sub-atomic particle to the solubility of sugar. Mumford discusses what it means to say that

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Overview

Mumford puts forward a new theory of dispositions, showing how central their role in metaphysics and philosophy of science is. Much of our understanding of the physical and psychological world is expressed in terms of dispositional properties—from the spin of a sub-atomic particle to the solubility of sugar. Mumford discusses what it means to say that something has a property of this kind and how dispositions can possibly be real things in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199259823
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Threats and Promises
2. Dispositions in Mind and Matter
3. The Conditional Analysis
4. The Dispositional-Categorical Distinction
5. Property Dualism
6. Dispositions as Causes
7. Property Monism
8. Eliminativism and Reductionism
9. A Functionalist Theory of Dispositions
10. Laws of Nature Outlawed
Bibliography
Index

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