Single Idea 11952

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / C. Powers and Dispositions / 2. Powers as Basic]

Full Idea

In the Standard Model of physics the fundamental physical magnitudes are represented as ones whose whole nature is exhausted by the dispositionality, there is a strong presumption that the properties of subatomic particles are powers.

Gist of Idea

The Standard Model suggest that particles are entirely dispositional, and hence are powers


George Molnar (Powers [1998], 8.4.3)

Book Reference

Molnar,George: 'Powers: a study in metaphysics', ed/tr. Mumford,Stephen [OUP 2003], p.135

A Reaction

A very nice point, because it asserts not merely that we should revise our metaphysic to endorse powers, but that we are actually already operating with exactly that view, in so far as we are physicalist.