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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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Objections Considered

Objections Considered

(p.173) 11 Objections Considered

George Molnar

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This chapter examines the major objections encountered in developing the theory of powers. One argument is that ontological seriousness about irreducible powers empties the world of something that it contains; another is that it imports into the world something that does not exist. The chapter discusses vicious regress in relation to space occupancy, conditionals, and lack of qualities. It evaluates dispositionalism and states that the ‘always-packing’ argument is ineffective. It also examines the position of Hume's distinctness where only contingent connections exist between distinct objects, properties, and relations in a world.

Keywords:   vicious regress, contingent connections, dispositionalism, Hume, ontological seriousness

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