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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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(p.158) 10 Non-Powers

George Molnar

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This chapter discusses properties that are not powers and gives an account of non-dispositional properties and their role in causality. It includes the causal relevance of non-powers, presenting the views of philosophers. It also discusses the concept that fundamental powers are powers in nature, powers that exert a force, and that these powers are all inherently location-sensitive. The chapter offers a number of alternative theories of non-powers, which can be broken down into occurrent properties, manifest properties, actual properties, scientific properties, spatio-temporal properties, and properties that do not entail conditionals.

Keywords:   causality, conditionals, occurrent properties, manifest properties, actual properties, scientific properties

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