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Philosophical Studies

, Volume 169, Issue 1, pp 93–96 | Cite as

Response to Kadri Vihvelin’s “counterfactuals and dispositions”

  • Jennifer McKitrick
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By incorporating David Lewis’ conditional analysis (LCA), Vihvelin’s LCA-PROP inherits some of its problems.

Recall:

LCA

x is disposed at time t to give response R to stimulus S iff, for some intrinsic property B that x has at t, for some time t′ after t, if x were to undergo stimulus S at time t and retain property B until time t′, S and x’s having of B would jointly be an x-complete cause of x’s giving response R.

Vihvelin amends this by adding “for some suitable proportion of the test cases” to deal with problematic masking cases, resulting in:

LCA-PROP

x is disposed at time t to give response R to stimulus S iff, for some intrinsic property B that x has at t, for some time t′ after t, and for some suitable proportion of test-cases, if x were in a test-case at t and retained property B until time t′, S and x’s having of B would be an x-complete cause of x’s giving response R.

I have three issues with LCA that apply equally to LCA-PROP.

The first is perhaps a trivial issue regarding...

Keywords

Disposition Counterfactual Causal bases Extrinsic diposition 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA

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