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Does Pandispositionalism Lead to Priority Monism?

Ford, Sharon (2011). Does Pandispositionalism Lead to Priority Monism?. In: Putting Powers to Work: Causal Powers in Contemporary Metaphysics, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., USA, 28-30 April 2011.

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Author Ford, Sharon
Title Does Pandispositionalism Lead to Priority Monism?
Conference Name Putting Powers to Work: Causal Powers in Contemporary Metaphysics
Conference Location St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., USA
Conference Dates 28-30 April 2011
Publication Year 2011
Total Pages 38
Field of Research 220309 - Metaphysics
Abstract In this paper, I argue that Stephen Mumford’s Realist Lawlessness account of powers, as put forward in his 2004 Book, Laws in Nature, motivates a Priority Monist account of substances. In Mumford’s formulation, relations are grounded in the intrinsic dispositional properties and powers of things and governing external relations are eliminated. This leads to a preference for Holism, the view that all properties are situated within a relational web, and that no property stands alone outside of the web. Properties are also immanent in their instantiating particulars, and any modal force they bring to the object comprises part of the object itself. Consequently, Mumford refers to his objects as ‘powerful particulars’. This paper argues that the immanence of properties, together with the denial of external relations, leads to an understanding of objects that is shaped by Holism concerning properties. I conclude that Priority Monism is a natural corollary of the Pandispositionalism and subsequent Holism that Mumford advocates.
Keyword Realist lawlessness
Stephen Mumford
properties
powers
Holism
priority monism
distinctness relativism
objects
 
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Created: Mon, 30 Jan 2017, 17:24:59 CST by Sharon Ford