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The role of dispositions in explanations

Vicente, Agustín (2004) The role of dispositions in explanations. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 19 (3). pp. 301-310. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

According to a model defended by some authors, dispositional predicates, or concepts, can be legitimately used in causal explanations, but such a use is not necessary. For every explanation couched in dispositional terms, there is always a better, and complete, explanation that makes use of a different vocabulary, that of categorial bases. In what follows, I will develop this view, and then argue that there is a kind of use of dispositions in explanations that does not fall within this model. That is, I will argue that we would miss some explanations if we were to forsake dispositional concepts and dispositional explanations.


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Vicente, Agustínagusvic@fyl.uva.es
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: dispositions, explanation, teleology, exclusion problems
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 18:00
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 18:00
Item ID: 10495
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.es/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/vi...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.583
Date: September 2004
Page Range: pp. 301-310
Volume: 19
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10495

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