Single Idea 19019

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

Full Idea

Potentiality can now be recognised as the common genus of dispositions and such related properties as abilities.

Gist of Idea

Potentiality is the common genus of dispositions, abilities, and similar properties


Barbara Vetter (Potentiality [2015], 4.1)

Book Reference

Vetter,Barbara: 'Potentiality: from Dispositions to Modality' [OUP 2015], p.102

A Reaction

This is the reason why Vetter defends a metaphysics of modality based on potentialities, rather than on narrower concepts such as dispositions, powers or essences. She can evade the problems which those narrower concepts raise.