Single Idea 19010

[catalogued under 10. Modality / B. Possibility / 1. Possibility]

Full Idea

Potentiality is, metaphorically speaking, possibility anchored in individual objects; I claim that all possibility is thus anchored in some individual object(s) or other.

Gist of Idea

All possibility is anchored in the potentiality of individual objects


Barbara Vetter (Potentiality [2015], 1.1)

Book Reference

Vetter,Barbara: 'Potentiality: from Dispositions to Modality' [OUP 2015], p.3

A Reaction

This will be fine for specific physical possibilities, but may become tricky for possibilities that are increasingly abstract, or universal, or idealised. I agree with the general approach. Anchor modality in reality (which is physical!).