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A Platonic Theory of Truthmaking

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Berman (St Louis Univ.) lays out and defends a platonic explanation of non-modal and modal truths using Forms as their truthmakers. He argues that this platonic theory is parsimonious, naturalistic, and ontologically serious. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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Objective and Subjective Powers and Dispositions

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Kistler (Sorbonne) introduces a distinction between powers and dispositions: A 'multi-track disposition' manifests itself in different ways Mi in different triggering circumstances Ti. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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Limitations of Power

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Bird (Bristol) warns against overextending the case for a powers ontology, arguing that it cannot answer typical questions outside fundamental metaphysics, for example concerning the analysis of causal statements. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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s Two Triangles

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Mumford (Nottingham) argues that although superior to a stimulus-response model, Martin's mutual manifestation model must be amended to resemble less mereological composition and more causation. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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Identity, Individuality and Discernibility

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Ladyman (Bristol) explains the recent debates about the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles and results about weak discernibility. He considers their implications for structuralism and the light they shed on ontological dependence. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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Relational vs. Constituent Ontologies

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Van Inwagen (Notre Dame) argues that relational ontologies (denying properties can be constituents of particulars) are preferable to constituent ontologies (holding properties are constituents of the particulars that have them). Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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Is causation a relation?

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Jacobs (St. Louis Univ.) explores the view that between a substance and its power, on one hand, and the result of the substance manifesting its power, there is no relation at all. Thus, causal, relational truths have non-relational ontological grounds. Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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Processes and Powers

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John Dupr (Exeter) gives a talk for the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies podcast series Abstract: This talk will explore the implications for a metaphysics of powers of the replacement of a substance ontology with a process ontology. I take a process to be an entity that must be active in some way to exist and I argue that processes are more fundamental than things: things are temporary and partial stabilisations in a flux of process. Can the activities that sustain processes be understood as the exercise of powers? Can the interactions between processes be treated similarly as the exercises of powers by processes? Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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philosophy | ancient philosophy | power | processes | ontology | philosophy | ancient philosophy | power | processes | ontology

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Powers: Necessity and Neighbourhoods

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Neil Williams (Buffalo University) gives a talk for the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies podcast series Abstract; The typical understanding of powers?according to which they have their effects necessarily?has recently come under attack. The threat of imagined counterfactual scenarios (wherein the power is exercised but the characteristic manifestation does not ensue) has led some to question the traditional picture, and prompted others to give it up entirely. But this defection has been too hasty: that exercising powers produce their manifestations necessarily ranks highly among the most attractive features of the powers metaphysic, and should not be discarded lightly. Moreover, the arguments against necessity are founded upon assumptions that the friend of powers is at libert Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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