Dispositions are essential to our understanding of the world. Dispositions: A Debate is an extended dialogue between three distinguished philosophers - D.M. Armstrong, C.B. Martin and U.T. Place - on the many problems associated with dispositions, which reveals their own distinctive accounts of the nature of dispositions. These are then linked to other issues such as the nature of mind, matter, universals, existence, laws of nature and causation.
Introduction Part I The Armstrong-Place Debate1 DISPOSITIONS AS CATEGORICAL STATES 2 DISPOSITIONS AS INTENTIONAL STATES 3 PLACE’S AND ARMSTRONG’S VIEWS COMPARED AND CONTRASTED 4 A CONCEPTUALIST ONTOLOGY Part II The Martin-Armstrong-Place Debate 5 PROPERTIES AND DISPOSITIONS 6 REPLY TO MARTIN 7 STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES: CATEGORICAL, DISPOSITIONAL OR BOTH? 8 REPLIES TO ARMSTRONG AND PLACE 9 SECOND REPLY TO MARTIN 10 CONCEPTUALISM AND THE ONTOLOGICAL INDEPENDENCE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT 11 FINAL REPLIES TO PLACE AND ARMSTRONG
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