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George Molnar came to see that the solution to a number of the problems of contemporary philosophy lay in the development of an alternative to Hume's metaphysics. This alternative would have real causal powers at its centre.

George Molnar came to see that the solution to a number of the problems of contemporary philosophy lay in the development of an alternative to Hume's metaphysics. He succeeded in producing something both highly focused and at the same time wide-ranging.

This book presents a realist theory of causal metaphysics founded on a detailed ontological treatment of dispositional properties, or powers. The book is a posthumous publication, Molnar having died in 1999. Some interesting biographical information is provided in the introduction by Stephen Mumford, as well as in a preface by D. M. Armstrong. Mumford also prepared the manuscript.

Mumford is the sole-author of four books: Dispositions (1998), Laws in Nature (2004), David Armstrong (2007), and Watching Sport: Aesthetics, Ethics and Emotions (2011). Powers: A Study in Metaphysics - George Molnar. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Most recently, Mumford co-authored, with Rani Lill Anjum, Getting Causes from Powers (2011). Dispositions and "Dispositions" (1998).

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Powers: A Study in Metaphysics is a philosophical book written by George Molnar and published posthumously in 2003. After Molnar's death, the book was completed by Stephen Mumford who had been contacted by Molnar's former partner to finish. After Molnar's death, the book was completed by Stephen Mumford who had been contacted by Molnar's former partner to finish the book. David Malet Armstrong provided a brief preface and Mumford provided an introduction to provide the introductory context that was missing in Molnar's unfinished manuscript.

Author(s): George Molnar, Stephen Mumford. ISBN: 1429470224 (ISBN13: 9781429470223).

Powers: A Study in Metaphysics (Hardcover). Published May 22nd 2003 by OUP Oxford. Hardcover, 238 pages. Author(s): George Molnar, . Armstrong (Foreword). ISBN: 019925978X (ISBN13: 9780199259786). Author(s): George Molnar, Stephen Mumford.

oceedings{Molnar2003PowersA, title {Powers : A Study in Metaphysics by George Molnar}, author {George D. Molnar and Stephen Eugene Mumford and Ann Katherine Whittle}, year {2003} }. George D. Molnar, Stephen Eugene Mumford, Ann Katherine Whittle. Powers is an important contribution to the much discussed, but still murky, area of causal powers or dispositions. Unfortunately, due to the untimely death of the author, this work was not yet completed.

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Similar books and articles. Powers: A Study in Metaphysics. John Heil - 2004 - Journal of Philosophy 101 (8):438-43. A Powerful Theory of Causation. Stephen Mumford & Rani Lill Anjum - 2010 - In Anna Marmodoro (e., The Metaphysics of Powers: Their Grounding and Their Manifestations. Fara - 2005 - Mind 114 (454):435-438. Causal Dispositionalism.

George Molnar came to see that the solution to a number of the problems of contemporary philosophy lay in the development of an alternative to Hume's metaphysics. This alternative would have real causal powers at its centre. Molnar set about developing a thorough account of powers that might persuade those who remained, perhaps unknowingly, in the grip of Humean assumptions. He succeeded in producing something both highly focused and at the same time wide-ranging. He showed both that the notion of a power was central and that it could serve to dispel a number of long-standing philosophical problems. Molnar's account of powers is as realist as any that has so far appeared. He shows that dispositions are as real as any other properties. Specifically, they do not depend for their existence on their manifestations. Nevertheless, they are directed towards such manifestations. Molnar thus appropriates the notion of intentionality, from Brentano, and argues that it is the essential characteristic of powers. He offers a persuasive case for there being some basic and ungrounded powers, thus ruling out the reducibility of the dispositional to the non-dispositional. However, he does allow that there are non-power properties as well as power properties. In this respect, his final position is dualistic. This is contemporary metaphysics of the highest quality. It is a work that was almost complete when its author died. It has been edited for publication by another specialist in the subject, Stephen Mumford, who has also provided an introduction that will allow non-specialists to become acquainted with the issues. David Armstrong, one of the greatest living metaphysicians and personal friend of George Molnar, has provided a Foreword.

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AfinaS
This book presents a realist theory of causal metaphysics founded on a detailed ontological treatment of dispositional properties, or powers.

The book is a posthumous publication, Molnar having died in 1999. Some interesting biographical information is provided in the introduction by Stephen Mumford, as well as in a preface by D. M. Armstrong. Mumford also prepared the manuscript.

Molnar's theory is a realist account of dispositional properties as causal powers. This realism about dispositional properties and causality is in contrast to work in the Humean tradition which would eliminate dispositional properties and reduce apparent causal power to mere correlation. A traditional strategy is to employ a conditional analysis. Rather than ascribe the dispositional property of solubility to X, one simply notes that if X is placed in water, then it will dissolve. Another way to approach eliminating powers is to claim they can be reduced to categorical micro-physical properties (although many would view charge, mass, spin et. al as paradigm dispositional properties). Molnar defends dispositional properties as real and ineliminable causal powers of objects. He sees these as ubiquitous features of our world.

It is an impressive and interesting effort. In my opinion we need a theory of "real" causation, and this is a well-argued candidate theory. In the end, I disagree with the theory, but my thinking on the topic of causation was greatly enlightened and sharpened by Molnar's work.
Shadowbourne
This book is amazing considering Molnar died before finishing it. At first I was wary of the fact that Mumford had edited it for publication since Mumford's own book on Dispositions is a different take on the subject and Molnar is critical of Mumford's position on dispositions. But, reading through the book I felt that Mumford had not rewritten it for himself. This is all Molnar. As to be expected, it was Molnar's controversial claim that dispositions are intentional that intrigued me the most. I was a little disappointed with his explication on this view that he calls physical intentionality (PI). He explains what PI is and defends it against objections, but he never gives a exhaustive treatment on what PI means for dispositions and how exactly it works and what the implications it entails. This was quite an oversight in my opinion, especially since his account of PI is more developed then the ones given by U.T. Place and C.B. Martin, oh, and John Heil. Also, since he never completed the book, the last chapter is extremely dense and undeveloped and approximates what read to be drafted notes on causation and modality. Despite these two negative features, the book is a veritable gold-mine on the subject of dispositions (or what he refers to as Powers) and a unique argument of his own dispositional metaphysics that must be accounted for in any further studies on dispositions.
Minnai
Important book, while I have arguements with Molnar the clarity and depth and sheer honesty of his writing is a delight
Powers: A Study in Metaphysics download epub
Humanities
Author: Stephen Mumford,D. M. Armstrong,George Molnar
ISBN: 0199204179
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Clarendon Press; Revised edition (May 3, 2007)
Pages: 252 pages