Dispositions and Causes

Hardcover | May 2, 2009

EditorToby Handfield

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In recent decades, the analysis of causal relations has become a topic of central importance in analytic philosophy. More recently, dispositional properties have also become objects of intense study. Both of these phenomena appear to be intimately related to counterfactual conditionals andother modal phenomena such as objective chance, but little work has been done to directly relate them. Dispositions and Causes contains ten essays by scholars working in both metaphysics and in philosophy of science, examining the relation between dispositional and causal concepts.Particular issues discussed include the possibility of reducing dispositions to causes, and vice versa; the possibility of a nominalist theory of causal powers; the attempt to reduce all metaphysical necessity to dispositional properties; the relationship between dispositions, causes, and laws ofnature; the role of causal capacities in explaining the success of scientific inquiry; the grounding of dispositions and causes in objective chances; and the type of causal power required for free agency.The introductory chapter contains a detailed overview of recent work in the area, providing a helpful entry to the literature for non-specialists.

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In recent decades, the analysis of causal relations has become a topic of central importance in analytic philosophy. More recently, dispositional properties have also become objects of intense study. Both of these phenomena appear to be intimately related to counterfactual conditionals andother modal phenomena such as objective chance,...

Toby Handfield is Lecturer in Philosophy and an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Monash University. He works both in metaphysics and in moral theory.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:May 2, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Toby Handfield: The metaphysics of dispositions and causes2. Jennifer McKitrick: Dispositions, causes, and reduction3. Antony Eagle: Causal structuralism, dispositional actualism, and counterfactual conditionals4. Stephen Barker: Leaving things to take their chances: Cause and disposition grounded in chance5. Nancy Cartwright: Causal laws, policy predictions, and the need for genuine powers6. Richard Corry: How is scientific analysis possible?7. Timothy O'Connor: Agent-causal power8. Alexander Bird: Structural properties revisited9. Ann Whittle: Causal nominalism10. Marc Lange: Why do the laws explain why?References