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Necessitarianism and Dispositions

Gozzano, Simone (2019) Necessitarianism and Dispositions. [Preprint]

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In this paper, I argue in favor of necessitarianism, the view that dispositions, when stimulated, necessitate their manifestations. After introducing and clarifying what necessitarianism does and does not amount to, I provide reasons to support the view that dispositions once stimulated necessitate their manifestations according to the stimulating conditions and the relevant properties at stake. In this framework, I will propose a principle of causal relevance and some conditions for the possibility of interference that allow us to avoid the use of ceteris paribus clauses. I then defend necessitarianism from recent attacks raised by, among others, Mumford and Anjum, noting that the antecedent strengthening test is a test for causal relevance that raises no difficulties for necessitarianism.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Gozzano, Simonesimone.gozzano@cc.univaq.it
Keywords: Necessitism; dispositions; categorical properties; laws of nature; strengthening test
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Natural Kinds
Depositing User: Dr. Simone Gozzano
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2019 18:32
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2019 18:32
Item ID: 16728
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Natural Kinds
Date: 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16728

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