Do Extrinsic Dispositions Need Extrinsic Causal Bases?
Article first published online: 11 JAN 2011
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Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Volume 84, Issue 3, pages 622–638, May 2012
How to Cite
CONTESSA, G. (2012), Do Extrinsic Dispositions Need Extrinsic Causal Bases?. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 84: 622–638. doi: 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2010.00435.x
- Issue published online: 28 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 11 JAN 2011
In this paper, I distinguish two often-conflated theses—the thesis that all dispositions are intrinsic properties and the thesis that the causal bases of all dispositions are intrinsic properties—and argue that the falsity of the former does not entail the falsity of the latter. In particular, I argue that extrinsic dispositions are a counterexample to first thesis but not necessarily to the second thesis, because an extrinsic disposition does not need to include any extrinsic property in its causal basis. I conclude by drawing some general lessons about the nature of dispositions and their relation to their causal bases.