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Single Idea 14337

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 3. Best Explanation / b. Ultimate explanation]

Full Idea

I will consider the case for an ontology of real dispositions replacing the so-called laws of nature as the basic building blocks of explanation.

Gist of Idea

Maybe dispositions can replace the 'laws of nature' as the basis of explanation


Stephen Mumford (Dispositions [1998], 10.1)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Dispositions' [OUP 1998], p.216

A Reaction

This precisely summarises the view I am exploring, with a particular focus on real essences. I certainly think the 'laws of nature' must go. See Mumford's second book on this.