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Philosophia Christi

Volume 11, Issue 2, 2009

Religious Diversity: A Dialogue

Walter Schultz
Pages 321-338

Dispositions, Capacities, and Powers
A Christian Analysis

Dispositional properties have been receiving an increasing amount of attention in the last decade from metaphysicians and philosophers of science. The proper semantics and ontology remains controversial. This paper offers an analysis and ontology of dispositional properties rooted in Christology and the biblical doctrine of creation. The analysis overcomes the standard problems faced by all such analyses and provides an account of “ungrounded dispositions.” The analysis involves a version of a Leibnizian-Aristotelian notion of possible worlds and provides a novel notion of truth-makers for subjunctive conditionals.

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