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Powers: A Study in Metaphysics

George Molnar and Stephen Mumford


This book sees that the solution to a number of the problems of contemporary philosophy lies in the development of an alternative to Hume's metaphysics. This alternative would have real causal powers at its centre. This book sets about developing a thorough account of powers that might persuade those who remain, perhaps unknowingly, in the grip of Hume's assumptions. This book shows both that the notion of a power is central and that it could serve to dispel a number of long-standing philosophical problems. This book's account of powers is as realistic as any that has appeared so far, and show ... More

Keywords: Hume, metaphysics, causal powers, Brentano, dispositionality, power properties

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199204175
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204175.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Molnar, author
University of Sydney

Stephen Mumford, editor

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3 Directedness

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4: Independence

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5 Actuality

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6 Intrinsicality

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7 Objectivity

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9 The Ontology of Powers

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10 Non-Powers

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11 Objections Considered

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12 Powers at Work

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