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The Categorical-Dispositional Distinction

Ford, Sharon (2012). The Categorical-Dispositional Distinction. In Bird, Alexander, Ellis, Brian and Sankey, Howard(Ed.), Properties, Powers and Structures: Issues in the Metaphysics of Scientific Realism. New York: Routledge. (pp. 181-199).

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Author Ford, Sharon
Title of Chapter The Categorical-Dispositional Distinction
Title of Book Properties, Powers and Structures: Issues in the Metaphysics of Scientific Realism
Place of Publication New York
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2012
Series Routledge Studies in Metaphysics
Editor Bird, Alexander
Ellis, Brian
Sankey, Howard
ISBN 978-0-415-89535-4   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Volume Number 5
Chapter Number 11
Start Page 181
End Page 199
Total Pages 18
Field of Research 440107 Metaphysics
370601 History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Abstract We have an overwhelming sense of the world as containing spatially-oriented distinct objects, and it seems that we derive this sensation from the properties of things as revealed by their effects upon us. This paper asks what sorts of properties should be posited to exist in accounting for this ostensibly qualitative, yet powerful, world. In this paper, I argue that the causal role of properties appearing as active or passive is tied very closely to whether the relevant properties of an object are deemed intrinsic and essential or extrinsic and contingent, respectively.
Keyword Brian Ellis
New Essentialism
dispositional properties
categorical properties
field theory
Rom Harré
causal properties
intrinsic properties
extrinsic properties
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Created: Mon, 30 Jan 2017, 15:35:00 CST by Sharon Ford