Berlin, New York: De Gruyter (2020)

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Romy Jaster
Humboldt-University, Berlin
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In the book, I provide an account of what it is for an agent to have an ability. According to the Success View, abilities are all about success across possible situations. In developing and applying the view, the book elucidates the relation between abilities on the one hand and possibility, counterfactuals, and dispositions on the other; it sheds light on the distinction between general and specific abilities; it offers an understanding of degrees of abilities; it explains which role intentions and performances play for the having of an ability, how abilities relate to success and failure, and gives an outlook at how the view might be applied to the free will debate and time travel.
Keywords abilities  capacities  potentialities  dispositions  free will  time travel  success  counterfactuals  possibility  degrees  general abilities
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