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Single Idea 14339

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / D. Laws of Nature / 3. Laws and Generalities]

Full Idea

The problem is how, without general laws, can the dispositionalist explain why generalities in behaviour are true of kinds.

Gist of Idea

Without laws, how can a dispositionalist explain general behaviour within kinds?


Stephen Mumford (Dispositions [1998], 10.3)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Dispositions' [OUP 1998], p.221

A Reaction

And the answer is to make kinds depend on individuals, and not vice versa, and then point to the necessary patterns that arise from conjunctions of individual dispositions, given their identity in many individuals.