Causation, Laws and Dispositions

In Max Kistler & Bruno Gnassounou (eds.), Dispositions and Causal Powers. Ashgate (2007)
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In this paper I take a look at what I take to be the best argument for dispositions. According to this argument we need dispositions in order to understand certain features of scientific practice. I point out that these dispositions have to be continuously manifestable. Furthermore I will argue that dispositions are not the causes of their manifestations. However, dispositions and causation are closely connected. What it is to be a cause can best be understood in terms of counterfactuals that are based on dispositions.

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