Static And Dynamic Dispositions
Author: Williams, Neil
Source: Synthese, Volume 146, Number 3, September 2005 , pp. 303-324(22)
Abstract:When it comes to scientific explanation, our parsimonious tendencies mean that we focus almost exclusively on those dispositions whose manifestations result in some sort of change – changes in properties, locations, velocities and so on. Following this tendency, our notion of causation is one that is inherently dynamic, as if the maintenance of the status quo were merely a given. Contrary to this position, I argue that a complete concept of causation must also account for dispositions whose manifestations involve no changes at all, and that a causal theory that fails to include these ‘static’ dispositions alongside the dynamic ones renders static occurrences miraculous.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A,
Publication date: 2005-09-01