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The Viability of a Pure-Power Ontology

Ford, Sharon (2009). The Viability of a Pure-Power Ontology. In: Metaphysics of Science Conference 2009, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2-5 July 2009.

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Author Ford, Sharon
Title The Viability of a Pure-Power Ontology
Conference Name Metaphysics of Science Conference 2009
Conference Location University of Melbourne, Melbourne
Conference Dates 2-5 July 2009
Convener University of Melbourne
Conference Publication Title Conference Proceedings: Metaphysics of Science Conference 2009
Publisher Philosophy of Science Association & Centre for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
Publication Year 2009
Total Pages 40
Field of Research 220309 - Metaphysics
Abstract In accounting for the objects and properties of the manifest world, issues include the fundamentality, causal efficacy and ontological robustness of the dispositional (powers, potentials, capacities) versus the non-dispositional (categorical, qualitative). Concerning fundamentality, the available options seem to be that: (i) dispositional and categorical properties are different kinds, both fundamental; (ii) dispositional and categorical properties are one and the same, and fundamental; (iii) only categorical properties are fundamental while dispositional properties, if they exist, are higher-order; and (iv) only dispositional properties are fundamental while categorical properties, if they exist, are higher-order. The viability of option (iv), a pure-power ontology, has met detracting arguments from several quarters. This paper outlines why the fourth option appears nonetheless attractive and provides a defence for its viability by suggesting how the manifestly qualitative world can be explained without recourse to fundamental categorical properties.


Keyword powers
pure-power theory
light-like networks
dispositional properties
categorical properties
causation
laws of nature
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