The role of dispositions in explanations

Agustín VICENTE

Abstract


According to a model defended by some authors, dispositional concepts can be legitimately used in causal explanations, although such a use is not necessary. I argue, however, that there is a kind of use of dispositions in explanations that does not fall within this model: we will miss some explanations if we forsake dispositional concepts and explanations.

Keywords


dispositions, explanation, teleology, exclusion problems.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1387/theoria.583

 

 

 

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