Monthly Archives: March 2014

Journal of Critical Realism

Nice feature about JCR.  Scroll down the site page to see all of the content, including a blurb by Phil Gorski and one by me on causal powers. http://www.maneyonline.com/page/jotm/rea Advertisements

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What Does the 17th C. Have to Do With It?

This: In the 17th c., there was a lively argument about whether or not God created the world such that material objects have their own causal oomph.  To use the technical term.  Some said yes.  Some said no.  On the … Continue reading

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Dan Little on Mumford and Anjum, re: necessitation

http://understandingsociety.blogspot.com/2014/03/causal-necessity.html Dan writes:  “My issue with their argument is that I don’t think that logical sufficiency captures what causal theorists have in mind when they assert that the cause brings about its effect with some degree of necessity.” He concludes:  … Continue reading

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What are you working on today?

Tell us what you’re working on and/or thinking about ! I’ll start:  I’m reading Eric Watkins’ Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality (which I am reading and talking about with a friend – how good is that?!) — it remains … Continue reading

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Substances, Sociological Formations & Categorical Properties

I’m starting to think that there is a relationship between a commitment to the existence of entities with form (substances or sociological substance-analogues) and holding Brian Ellis’ so-called “mixed view” of properties, according to which some properties of things are … Continue reading

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Disambiguating anti-passivism, essentialism & necessitarianism

Here is a simple thought that I think is worth taking very seriously. The following three things are different, one from another: (1) powers; (2) essences; (3) causal necessitation. Andrea comments below that he would add “dispositions” to the list.  … Continue reading

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Powers & the Free Will Problematic

In chapter 5 of Ontology Revisited (Routledge, 2012), I undertook to show how Humeanism structures the contemporary free will problematic.  In the paper attached below I set out what happens to the architecture of the problematic if one replaces the … Continue reading

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