Category Archives: History of philosophy

Kant & Causal Powers Again

Okay, one last time.  <– Famous last words.  I went back to Watkins [and also considered James Kreines’ “Kant on the Laws of Nature” (2009) – i.e., James Kreines who has been kind enough to have several protracted conversations with … Continue reading


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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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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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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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