On linking dispositions and conditionals

Mind 117 (465):59-84 (2008)
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Abstract

Analyses of dispositional ascriptions in terms of conditional statements famously confront the problems of finks and masks. We argue that conditional analyses of dispositions, even those tailored to avoid finks and masks, face five further problems. These are the problems of: (i) Achilles' heels, (ii) accidental closeness, (iii) comparatives, (iv) explaining context sensitivity, and (v) absent stimulus conditions. We conclude by offering a proposal that avoids all seven of these problems.

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David Manley
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ryan Wasserman
Western Washington University

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