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Dispositional Properties
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In Dispositional Properties, David Weissman attacks a problem central to the philosophy of mind and, by implication, to the theory of being: Are there potentialities, capabilities, which dispose the mind to think in one way rather than another?

The volume is arranged in the form of four arguments that converge upon a single point. First, there is an intricate discussion of the shortcomings of Hume's account of mind as ideas and impressions. Next comes a brief treatment of the arguments of some of Weissman's contemporaries, including Carnap and Braithwaite. Third, Weissman discusses Wittgenstein's theories of learning and knowledge. Finally, there is a full discussion of Aristotle and his doctrine of potentialities.

The question this book ultimately raises is how to steer between a doctrine of mind as no more than a series of acts, on the one hand, and a doctrine of mind as a kind of unitary object, on the other. The solution is to show first of all that there must be a potentiality in the universe, and then to show clearly and in detail that the mind is shot through with that potentiality.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. c-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. iii-iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. iv-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-2
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-16
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  1. 1. Hume: His Realist Sympathies and Reductionist Convictions
  2. pp. 17-82
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  1. 2. Counterfactual Conditionals
  2. pp. 83-118
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  1. 3. The Existence of Nonintrospectable Mental States
  2. pp. 119-158
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  1. 4. Real Potentiality
  2. pp. 159-193
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 194-200
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-210
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 211-216
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  1. Author Bio
  2. pp. 217-217
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. bc-bc
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