The Jerrybuilt House of Humeanism

  • Caroline Lierse
Part of the Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 12)


The ontology of analytic metaphysics consists primarily of fundamental properties and relations. This ontology is variously enriched with a variety of metaphysical apparatus, ranging from supervenient relations, possible world accessibility relations, through to primitive causal powers that determine physical behaviour. The role of such metaphysical additions is to augment the ontology to yield a fully fledged metaphysics that can explain the nature of the world.


Causal Power Natural Property Dispositional Property Identity Criterion Causal Criterion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caroline Lierse
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  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

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