Dispositions and subjunctives

Philosophical Studies 148 (3):323 - 341 (2010)
It is generally agreed that dispositions cannot be analyzed in terms of simple subjunctive conditionals (because of what are called “masked dispositions” and “finkish dispositions”). I here defend a qualified subjunctive account of dispositions according to which an object is disposed to Φ when conditions C obtain if and only if, if conditions C were to obtain, then the object would Φ ceteris paribus . I argue that this account does not fall prey to the objections that have been raised in the literature.
Keywords Disposition  Mask  Fink  Subjunctive  Counterfactual   Ceteris paribus
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-008-9325-y
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