Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Disposition, philosophy: the tendency for a certain behavior that is not yet occurred at the present time. Problem Statements containing dispositional terms, cannot be determined in their truth value, as the relevant event has not yet occurred. In classic logic can even be concluded that a sentence containing a dispositional term will be trivially true as long as the relevant circumstances are not realized. See also dispositional terms, counterfactual conditionals, law statements.
 
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Lewis, David
 
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Dispositions V 223
Disposition: something that plays a causal role - not a cause in itself - e.g. possession of antibodies does not cause - but the immunity - immunity = Disposition = -
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E.g. another patient has anti-bodies to the formation of anti-bodies - then two properties - disjunction: "one or the other" - Lewis pro - but these existential properties as the basis of the disposition are not causal - real event: the possession of anti-bodies - immunity: no event, therefore not a causal explanation.

LW I
D. Lewis
Die Identität von Körper und Geist Frankfurt 1989

LW II
D. Lewis
Konventionen Berlin 1975

LW IV
D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd I New York Oxford 1983

LW V
D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd II New York Oxford 1986

LwCl I
Cl. I. Lewis
Mind and the World Order: Outline of a Theory of Knowledge (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) 1991


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