Combining Philosophers

Ideas for Francois-Marie Voltaire, John Searle and Barbara Vetter

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10. Modality / B. Possibility / 1. Possibility
Possibilities are potentialities of actual things, but abstracted from their location [Vetter]
Possible worlds allow us to talk about degrees of possibility [Vetter]
All possibility is anchored in the potentiality of individual objects [Vetter]
Possibility is a generalised abstraction from the potentiality of its bearer [Vetter]
Maybe possibility is constituted by potentiality [Vetter]
10. Modality / B. Possibility / 4. Potentiality
Potentialities may be too weak to count as 'dispositions' [Vetter]
Water has a potentiality to acquire a potentiality to break (by freezing) [Vetter]
There are potentialities 'to ...', but possibilities are 'that ....'. [Vetter]
A potentiality may not be a disposition, but dispositions are strong potentialities [Vetter, by Friend/Kimpton-Nye]
Potentiality does the explaining in metaphysics; we don't explain it away or reduce it [Vetter]
Potentiality is the common genus of dispositions, abilities, and similar properties [Vetter]
Potentiality logic is modal system T. Stronger systems collapse iterations, and necessitate potentials [Vetter]