Dispositions and Powers

April 19, 2023 - April 20, 2023
Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol

Engineers House
United Kingdom

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  • MetaScience (ERC Grant no. 771509)


University College London
University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
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Freie Universität Berlin
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The conference is on the themes of the forthcoming book Dispositions and Powers, part of the Cambridge Elements Series in Metaphysics (ed. Tuomas Tahko) authored by Toby Friend and Samuel Kimpton-Nye. Presentations will be on topics related to the themes of the book, including,

1.     The relationship between dispositional properties and powers

2.     The analysis of dispositional properties

3.     The metaphysics of powers.

Provisional schedule:

Wednesday 19th:

11am – Alexander Bird – A Typology of Properties

12.30 – Stephen Mumford – The Causal Power of Social Structures Revisited

2.30 – Lorenzo Azzano – Dipositional Reality or, a power metaphysics without powers.

4 – Simona Aimar – TBC

Thursday 20th:

11 – Matthew Tugby – Dispositions, Powers, and the Metaphysics of Goal-Directedness

12.30 – George Stamets – Qualities as Truthmakers: A Quasi-Realist Account of Powers

3.30 – Max Kistler – Do powers ground dispositions and laws of nature?

4 – Jennifer McKitrick – Artificial Dispositions

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April 17, 2023, 12:00am BST

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