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Dispositions


Ludger Jansen


Pages 190 - 193



Adjectives like ‘water-soluble’ or ‘conductive’ are typical ‘dispositional’ predicates. Such ‘dispositional’ predicates tell us something about the causal roles played by the items these predicates apply to. Often such predicates are said to ascribe dispositional properties or, in short, dispositions, to certain items. In order for an item to have a certain disposition, it is not necessary that it actually plays that causal role at any point in time, i.e. that its disposition is ever realised or manifested; it is sufficient that it is disposed to do so, were appropriate circumstances to obtain.




1Institute of Philosophy, University of Rostock



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