Category Archives: About powers

Locke on powers, etc.

I’ve been pouring over Locke’s Essay.  One reason for doing so is that while straight-up passivists are usually (either expressly or deep down) Humeans, less overtly passivist positions in/elements of the contemporary powers-related discussion are, in key respects, recognizably Lockean.  … Continue reading

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Important discussion of powers by Jonathan Beere

I’m reading a book that I think everyone who is interested in powers ought to read.  And would love, if you do.  Or at least find very helpful.  Regardless of whether or not you agree with the author (Jonathan Beere) … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Walter Ott — Powers Views in the History of Philosophy

Walter Ott is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia.  He is the author of Causation & Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy (Oxford, 2009) [which I liked a lot], among other things.  I’m completely on board … Continue reading

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Jonathan Webber on “Sublating the Free Will Problematic”

Comments generously given by Jonathan Webber on the paper that I posted recently (scroll down or look under “free will”).  I will reply a.s.a.p., but I invite others to weigh in also.  The topic of powers and free will is … Continue reading

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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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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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