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Title Dispositions and causal powers / edited by Max Kistler, Bruno Gnassounou
Published Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 303 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction / Bruno Gnassounou and Max Kistler -- Part I: The metaphysics of dispositions and causal powers -- Dispositions and counterfactuals : from Carnap to Goodman's children and grandchildren / François Schmitz -- Filled in space / Stephen Mumford -- Dispositions and essences / Claudine Tiercelin -- The causal efficacy of macroscopic dispositional properties / Max Kistler -- Opium's virtue dormitive / Cyrille Michon -- Conditional possibility / Bruno Gnassounou -- On ascribing dispositions / Ludger Jansen -- Part II: Dispositions and causal powers in science -- An extended semantic field of dispositions and the grounding role of causal powers / Rom Harré -- What makes a capacity a disposition? / Nancy Cartwright -- Causation, laws and dispositions / Andreas Hüttemann -- Can capacities rescue us from Ceteris Paribus laws? / Markus Schrenk -- Dispositions, relational properties and the quantum world / Mauro Dorato -- Are specific heats dispositions? / Anouk Barberousse
Summary This collection of essays, by leading international researchers, examines the case for realism with respect to dispositions and causal powers in both metaphysics and science. Among the issues debated in this book is whether dispositions can be analyzed in terms of conditionals, whether all dispositions have a so-called categorical basis and, if they do, what is the relation between the disposition and its basis
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-298) and index
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Subject Causation.
Disposition (Philosophy)
Form Electronic book
Author Gnassounou, Bruno.
Kistler, Max.
ISBN 0754684504 (electronic bk.)
9780754684503 (electronic bk.)
(hardcover ; alk. paper)
(hardcover ; alk. paper)