A Simulacrum Account of Dispositional Properties
Article first published online: 29 MAY 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 49, Issue 2, pages 253–274, June 2015
How to Cite
Nathan, M. J. (2015), A Simulacrum Account of Dispositional Properties. Noûs, 49: 253–274. doi: 10.1111/nous.12031
- Issue published online: 22 APR 2015
- Article first published online: 29 MAY 2013
This essay presents a model-theoretic account of dispositional properties, according to which dispositions are not ordinary properties of real entities; dispositions capture the behavior of abstract, idealized models. This account has several payoffs. First, it saves the simple conditional analysis of dispositions. Second, it preserves the general connection between dispositions and regularities, despite the fact that some dispositions are not grounded in actual regularities. Finally, it brings together the analysis and the explanation of dispositions under a unified framework.