Philosophical Quarterly 57 (229):513–534 (2007)

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Alexander James Bird
Cambridge University
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Dispositional monism is the view that natural properties and relations are ‘pure powers’. It is objected that dispositional monism involves some kind of vicious or otherwise unpalatable regress or circularity. I examine ways of making this objection precise. The most pressing interpretation is that is fails to make the identities of powers determinate. I demonstrate that this objection is in error. It does however puts certain constraints on what the structure of fundamental properties is like. I show what a satisfactory structure would be.
Keywords powers dispositions regress identity
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2007.507.x
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