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Dispositions and Natural Laws

E. J. Lowe

in The Four-Category Ontology: A Metaphysical Foundation for Natural Science

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780199254392
eISBN:
9780191603600
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199254397.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The customary distinction between dispositional and categorical properties is critically examined, and replaced by one between dispositional and occurrent predication. The ontological ground of the ... More


Limits

David M. Armstrong

in Sketch for a Systematic Metaphysics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199590612
eISBN:
9780191723391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590612.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Molnar's four propositions are introduced. They present an important dilemma. C.B. Martin's distinction between limits and absences is then introduced. It is argued that there are objective limits in ... More


Negative Truth

Stephen Mumford

in Absence and Nothing: The Philosophy of What There is Not

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
November 2021
ISBN:
9780198831532
eISBN:
9780191869303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198831532.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Truths are supposed to be made true by something that exists, such as a fact, according to truthmaker theory. What, though, of apparent truths concerning what is not the case? How can they be made ... More


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