By George Molnar

George Molnar got here to determine that the answer to the various difficulties in modern philosophy lay within the improvement of a substitute for Hume's metaphysics, with actual causal powers at its middle. Molnar's eagerly expected ebook starting up his idea of powers was once nearly whole while he died, and has been ready for ebook by means of Stephen Mumford, who presents a context-setting introduction.

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I had little hesitation in offering to help, however I could, to get the work available to a reading public. Then followed the, at times, difficult editorial work. From what can be gathered from George’s papers, he had an unusual but admirable approach to his work. The argument was planned out in his head and then written up in complete and detailed draft. This had a good side and a bad side for any budding editor. The draft chapters, early on in the book, were almost complete, polished and tightly argued.

Campbell (1990: 25). Bradley (1979: 12–13). 9 Ellis and Lierse (1994a: 9). P ro p e rt i e s / 27 phism also provide, between them, sufficient grounds for rejecting two weaker theses: first, the thesis that there is one property for every predicate; second, the thesis that there is one predicate for every property. The correlation between predicates and properties is altogether looser than is required either by the claim of isomorphism or by its weaker relatives. In view of this one should adopt what David Lewis aptly calls a sparse theory of properties: what properties there are is not determined by what predicates apply to objects, but on a posteriori grounds, most likely by current best science.

5 The tropetheoretic answer to What is right in nominalism? is that nominalism enables one to replace difficult ideas like object-resemblance, or typeinstantiation, by the clearer idea of trope-resemblance. What is wrong in realism? Classical realism identifies properties with universals, which are strange posits indeed. On the account of them descended from Plato, universals are inconsistent with naturalism, since they exist outside of space-time, in a ‘higher realm’ from whence they communicate with the mundane particulars in inexplicable ways.

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