THE REGRESS OF PURE POWERS?
Article first published online: 18 MAY 2007
The Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 57, Issue 229, pages 513–534, October 2007
How to Cite
Bird, A. (2007), THE REGRESS OF PURE POWERS?. The Philosophical Quarterly, 57: 513–534. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2007.507.x
- Issue published online: 1 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 18 MAY 2007
Dispositional monism is the view that natural properties and relations are ‘pure powers’. It is often objected that dispositional monism involves some kind of vicious or otherwise unpalatable regress or circularity. I examine ways of making this objection precise. The most pressing interpretation is that the theory fails to make the identities of powers determinate. I demonstrate that this objection is in error. It does, however, put certain constraints on what the structure of fundamental properties is like. I show what a satisfactory structure would be.