Causal Nominalism

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Abstract

The causal theory of properties is standardly combined with a realist's ontology of universals or tropes. In this paper, I consider an uncharted alternative – a nominalist causal theory of properties. I discuss advantages and disadvantages of the resulting theory of properties, and explore the Rylean understanding of causal powers that emerges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDispositions and Causes
EditorsToby Handfield
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages242-285
Number of pages44
ISBN (Print)9780199558933
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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