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Necessitarianism and Dispositions

Gozzano, Simone (2020) 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.it0000-0002-2956-4120
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: 12 Apr 2021 02:34
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2021 02:34
Item ID: 18902
Official URL: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/mp-...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2019-0022
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Natural Kinds
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18902

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