Ideas of D.H. Mellor, by Theme

[British, b.1938, Professor at Cambridge University.]

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3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 5. What Makes Truths / a. What makes truths
We might use 'facta' to refer to the truth-makers for facts
8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 2. Need for Properties
A property is merely a constituent of laws of nature; temperature is just part of thermodynamics
8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 10. Properties as Predicates
There is obviously a possible predicate for every property
8. Modes of Existence / D. Universals / 2. Need for Universals
We need universals for causation and laws of nature; the latter give them their identity
8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 3. Predicate Nominalism
If properties were just the meanings of predicates, they couldn't give predicates their meaning
26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 2. Particular Causation / b. Causal relata
Causal statements relate facts (which are whatever true propositions express)
26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 2. Particular Causation / e. Probabilistic causation
Singular causation requires causes to raise the physical probability of their effects
Probabilistic causation says C is a cause of E if it increases the chances of E occurring