Single Idea 15797

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / C. Powers and Dispositions / 6. Dispositions / e. Dispositions as potential]

Full Idea

I propose a dispositional ontology for the physical world, according to which a) every structural property is a dispositional one, b) a physical object is an ordered set of dispositions, and c) every event manifests a dispositional property of the world.

Gist of Idea

All structures are dispositional, objects are dispositions sets, and events manifest dispositions


J.H. Fetzer (A World of Dispositions [1977], Intro)

Book Reference

-: 'Synthese' [-], p.397

A Reaction

Mumford says this is consistent with ontology as a way of describing the world, rather than being facts about the world. I like Fetzer's sketch, which sounds to have a lot in common with 'process philosophy'.