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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.99) 5 Actuality

George Molnar

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This chapter briefly discusses actuality and some objections to this concept. It quotes David Hume, who says that manifested powers are identical with their manifestations. Another defence of actuality is an argument of causality from Mellor, who states that dispositions can be causes. What is not ‘actual’ cannot be a cause or any part of a cause. The chapter claims that this is enough to show that powers are not equated with mere possibilities.

Keywords:   Hume, actuality, Mellor, causality

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