Dispositions and the principle of least action

Analysis 64 (3):206-214 (2004)

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Joel Katzav
University of Queensland
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My aim is to argue for the incompatibility of one of the central principles of physics, namely the principle of least action (PLA), with the increasingly popular view that the world is, ultimately, merely something like a con- glomerate of objects and irreducible dispositions. First, I argue that the essentialist implications many suppose this view has are not compatible with the PLA. Second, I argue that, irrespective of whether this view has any essentialist implications, it is not compatible with the kind of explanation that the PLA affords
Keywords essentialism  principle of least action
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DOI 10.1093/analys/64.3.206
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