Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Dispositions and Definitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rudolf Carnap
      Pages 3-16
    3. Nelson Goodman
      Pages 17-26
    4. D. Hugh Mellor
      Pages 55-76
    5. William W. Rozeboom
      Pages 77-97
    6. J. L. Mackie
      Pages 99-107
  3. Dispositions, Explanation, and Ontology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Carl G. Hempel
      Pages 137-146
    3. Karl Popper
      Pages 147-153
    4. Willard V. O. Quine
      Pages 155-161
    5. James H. Fetzer
      Pages 163-187
    6. Milton Fisk
      Pages 189-210
    7. Rom Harré
      Pages 211-233
  4. Probabilistic Dispositions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Charles S. Peirce
      Pages 237-245
    3. Karl R. Popper
      Pages 247-265
    4. James H. Fetzer
      Pages 267-276
    5. Henry E. Kyburg
      Pages 277-301
    6. Isaac Levi
      Pages 303-335
  5. Psychological Dispositions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337
    2. Gilbert Ryle
      Pages 339-357
    3. William P. Alston
      Pages 359-388
    4. Isaac Levi, Sidney Morgenbesser
      Pages 389-410
    5. David M. Armstrong
      Pages 411-425
    6. Raimo Tuomela
      Pages 427-448
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 449-458

About this book


This anthology consists of a collection of papers on the nature of dis­ positions and the role of disposition concepts in scientific theories. I have tried to make the collection as representative as possible, except that problems specifically connected with dispositions in various special sciences are relatively little discussed. Most of these articles have been previously published. The papers by Mackie, Essler and Trapp, Fetzer (in Section 11), Levi, and Tuomela appear here for the first time, and are simultaneously published in Synthese 34, No. 4, which is a special issue on dispositions. Of the previously published material it should be emphasized that the papers by Hempel and Fisk have been extensively revised specially for this anthology. The papers are grouped in four sections, partlyon the basis of their content. However, due to the complexity of the issues involved, there is considerable overlap in content between the different sections, especially between Sections land 11. I wish to thank Professors James Fetzer and Carl G. Hempel for helpful advicc in compiling this anthology.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Raimo Tuomela
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HelsinkiFinland

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  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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