Dispositions

Paperback | January 1, 2003

byStephen Mumford

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Stephen 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 subatomic particle andthe solubility of sugar to a person's belief that zebras have stripes. 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. They have seemed to many to reside on the fringes of actuality, waiting to manifestthemselves; Mumford's clear, straightforward, realist account reveals them to be far less enigmatic, and shows that an understanding of dispositions is essential to an understanding of properties, causation, and scientific laws.

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Stephen 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 subatomic particle andthe solubility of sugar to a person's belie...

Stephen Mumford is a Reader in Philosophy, University of Nottingham.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:January 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199259828

ISBN - 13:9780199259823

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Table of Contents

1. Threats and Promises2. Dispositions in Mind and Matter3. The Conditional Analysis4. The Dispositional-Categorical Distinction5. Property Dualism6. Dispositions as Causes7. Property Monism8. Eliminativism and Reductionism9. A Functionalist Theory of Dispositions10. Laws of Nature OutlawedBibliographyIndex

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`Stephen Mumford confronts the toughest and most important metaphysical issues about dispositions.'The Philosophical Review, vol.110, no.1