DISPOSITIONS, PRIMITIVE ACTIVITIES, AND ESSENTIALLY ACTIVE OBJECTS
Article first published online: 4 MAR 2012
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Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 93, Issue 1, pages 43–64, March 2012
How to Cite
DUMSDAY, T. (2012), DISPOSITIONS, PRIMITIVE ACTIVITIES, AND ESSENTIALLY ACTIVE OBJECTS. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 93: 43–64. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2011.01415.x
- Issue published online: 4 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 4 MAR 2012
The question of whether there could be a physical object that is necessarily constantly active has a long history, and it has recently arisen again in the literature on dispositions. I examine and critique two proposals for affirming the possibility of such an object. I then advocate a third option, one which is workable if paired with natural-kind essentialism. Finally I briefly outline three possible implications of this view for wider debates concerning the ontology of dispositions and natural kinds.