Single Idea 19009

[catalogued under 10. Modality / B. Possibility / 4. Potentiality]

Full Idea

This book is a plea for recognising potentiality as an explanans in the metaphysics of modality, rather than as something in need of explanation or reduction.


An 'explanans' is what does the explaining

Gist of Idea

Potentiality does the explaining in metaphysics; we don't explain it away or reduce it


Barbara Vetter (Potentiality [2015], 1.1)

Book Reference

Vetter,Barbara: 'Potentiality: from Dispositions to Modality' [OUP 2015], p.2

A Reaction

Something has to do the explaining, and it is obviously much better to have some aspect of the real world do the job, rather than remote abstractions such as laws, possible worlds or Forms. Personally I like the potentiality of 'powers'.