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Single Idea 9478

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 6. Categorical Properties]

Full Idea

Armstrong says all properties are categorical, but a dispositional predicate may denote such a property; the dispositional predicate denotes the categorical property in virtue of the dispositional role it happens, contingently, to play in this world.

Gist of Idea

Even if all properties are categorical, they may be denoted by dispositional predicates


Alexander Bird (Nature's Metaphysics [2007], 3.1)

Book Reference

Bird,Alexander: 'Nature's Metaphysics' [OUP 2007], p.44

A Reaction

I favour the fundamentality of the dispositional rather than the categorical. The world consists of powers, and we find ourselves amidst their categorical expressions. I could be persuaded otherwise, though!