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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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Do Powers Need Grounds?

Do Powers Need Grounds?

(p.125) 8 Do Powers Need Grounds?

George Molnar

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the thesis that powers need grounds. The concept ‘ground of a power’ is the property by which a thing has the power. The chapter also presents the thesis that by necessity all powers have grounds. It deals with the motivations of the thesis, which can be classified as weak motives and strong motives. It cites Prior, Pargetter and Jackson's argument for a causal base. It also tackles the problem of the missing base as well as the argument about the existence of ungrounded powers by analysing the double standard and truncating functionalism.

Keywords:   power grounds, causal base, missing base, double standard, truncating functionalism

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