more from Stephen Mumford

Single Idea 14316

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / C. Powers and Dispositions / 3. Powers as Derived]

Full Idea

We might claim that dispositions are variably realized by a number of categorical bases; therefore they must be distinct from those bases.

Gist of Idea

If dispositions have several categorical realisations, that makes the two separate


Stephen Mumford (Dispositions [1998], 05.4)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Dispositions' [OUP 1998], p.102

A Reaction

Cars can be realised by a variety of models, therefore models are not cars? This might work if dispositions are only characterised functionally, as Mumford proposes, but I'm not convinced.