Powers: A Study in Metaphysics

Powers: A Study in Metaphysics

George Molnar

George Molnar got here to work out that the answer to some of the difficulties of up to date philosophy lay within the improvement of a substitute for Hume's metaphysics. This replacement may have genuine causal powers at its centre. Molnar set approximately constructing a radical account of powers that may convince those that remained, maybe unknowingly, within the grip of Humean assumptions. He succeeded in generating whatever either hugely centred and even as wide-ranging. He confirmed either that the suggestion of an influence was once principal and that it may serve to dispel a few long-standing philosophical difficulties.

Molnar's account of powers is as realist as any that has to date seemed. He exhibits that tendencies are as genuine as the other homes. particularly, they don't count for his or her life on their manifestations. however, they're directed in the direction of such manifestations. Molnar therefore appropriates the suggestion of intentionality, from Brentano, and argues that it's the crucial attribute of powers. He deals a persuasive case for there being a few easy and ungrounded powers, hence ruling out the reducibility of the dispositional to the non-dispositional. notwithstanding, he does permit that there are non-power houses in addition to energy houses. during this recognize, his ultimate place is dualistic.

This is modern metaphysics of the best quality. it's a paintings that used to be nearly entire whilst its writer died. it's been edited for ebook by way of one other expert within the topic, Stephen Mumford, who has additionally supplied an creation that may permit non-specialists to turn into familiar with the problems. David Armstrong, one of many maximum residing metaphysicians and private pal of George Molnar, has supplied a Foreword.

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