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George Molnar and Stephen Mumford

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199204175

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204175.001.0001

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The Ontology of Powers

The Ontology of Powers

(p.143) 9 The Ontology of Powers

George Molnar

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This chapter discusses the nature of the derivation of powers and the theories of the ontology of powers. It explains that a power is derivative if the presence of this power in the object depends on the powers that its constituents have and the special relations the constituents have to each other. The chapter presents the consequences of derivation as simplification, explanatory strength, complexity, grounding, and intrinsicality. The chapter also examines the taxonomy of the theories regarding the ontology of powers. The theories are broken down into dualism of pure types, dual-sided theory, pan-disposition alarm, categoricalism, and neutral monism.

Keywords:   neutral monism, categoricalism, dualism, intrinsicality, simplification, explanatory strength, complexity, grounding, intrinsicality

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