Dispositions without Conditionals

Vetter B (2014)

Publication Language: English

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2014


Pages Range: 129-156

Journal Issue: 123


Manley and Wasserman (2008) have provided a convincing case against analyses of dispositions in terms of one conditional, and a very interesting positive proposal that links any disposition to a ‘suitable proportion’ of a particular set of precise conditionals. I focus on their positive proposal and ask just how precise those conditionals are to be. I argue that, contrary to what Manley and Wasserman imply in their paper, they must be maximally specific, describing in their antecedents complete centred worlds. This suggests a natural semantics for dispositional expressions, which I briefly explore to argue that it lacks uniformity. I end by suggesting a variation on Manley and Wasserman's view which would preserve uniformity, though at the cost of some new puzzling questions.

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Vetter, B. (2014). Dispositions without Conditionals. Mind, 123, 129-156.


Vetter, Barbara. "Dispositions without Conditionals." Mind 123 (2014): 129-156.

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