The ontological commitments of dispositionalism
Hotel Grauer Bär, Universitaetsstraße 5-7
- Austrian Science Fund
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Dispositionalism or dispositional realism, i.e. the view that there are irreducible, causally efficacious dispositions or powers, is a position to be taken seriously within contemporary metaphysics. In recent decades, its proponents have mainly been concerned with showing that dispositionalism is a viable alternative to the highly influential Humean account of causation. However, relatively little attention has been paid to the ontological commitments of dispositional realism: which ontology does the assumption of irreducible powers suggest or even presuppose? Our conference aims at exploring this issue.
In particular, questions to be discussed are:
- How should powers be ontologically categorized? Do they need bearers? If so, to which ontological category might such bearers belong?
- Does dispositional realism favour an ontology of substances or events or tropes etc.?
- Which account of persistence should dispositionalists endorse?
- Are there irreducible powers only in the microphysical realm or also in the macrophysical realm?
July 22, 2013, 12:00pm CET
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