Cover

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pp. c-ii

Title Page

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pp. iii-iii

Copyright Page

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pp. iv-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgements

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pp. ix-2

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Introduction

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pp. 3-16

Contemporary empiricists frequently express their antimetaphysical bias in the style of ordinary language analysis. They say that metaphysical problems may exist, but that we have no reason to believe that they do until it is established that metaphysical issues have not been generated by misinterpreting...

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1. Hume: His Realist Sympathies and Reductionist Convictions

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pp. 17-82

David Hume's philosophy is sometimes an arena for the competing realist and reductionist theories of dispositional properties. He alternately supports the principal elements of both views....

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2. Counterfactual Conditionals

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pp. 83-118

Contemporary logical empiricists are unreconstructed Humeans, and their adaptation of Hume's principles must be considered before it is said categorically that reductionist empiricism is unable to afford a satisfactory metaphysics....

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3. The Existence of Nonintrospectable Mental States

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pp. 119-158

Having secured the ideas of causal sufficiency and necessity and of power against the criticisms of Hume and the logical empiricists, I want to return to the development of the realist theory. One question in particular demands our attention: I...

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4. Real Potentiality

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pp. 159-193

Having settled the question of whether mental states exist, we have all the distinctions that are required for a final characterization of dispositional properties. Dispositions have so far been described as the potentialities which qualify minds and objects to participate in causal relationships, and analysis...

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Epilogue

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pp. 194-200

Some recapitulation is expected of us. Our discussion began with an analysis of Hume's theory that abstract ideas are determinate images bound to a power. We decided that Hume admits the reality of powers in order to account for the fact that minds can think of series of ideas when action or an intellectual...

Notes

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pp. 201-210

Index

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pp. 211-216

Author Bio

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pp. 217-217

Back Cover

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pp. bc-bc