Powers and Capacities in Philosophy : The New Aristotleianism.

By: Greco, JohnContributor(s): Groff, RuthPublisher: London : Routledge, 2012Copyright date: ©2013Description: 1 online resource (361 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781135121143Subject(s): Power (Philosophy)Genre/Form: Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Powers and Capacities in Philosophy : The New AristotleianismDDC classification: 110 LOC classification: BD438 .P695 2013Online resources: Click to View
Contents:
Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Contributors -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part I Metaphysics -- 1 The Power of Power -- 2 Limitations of Power -- 3 Emergence, Causal Powers, and Aristotelianism in Metaphysics -- 4 The Ineliminability of Dispositions in Hume's Rejection of Causal Powers -- Part II Philosophy of Science -- 5 Aristotelian Powers: Without Them, What Would Modern Science Do? -- 6 Dispositions for Scientific Realism -- 7 Powerful Particulars Revisited -- Part III Mind and Agency -- 8 Powers, Structures, and Minds -- 9 The Will as a Rational Free Power -- 10 The Power of Agency -- 11 Whose Powers? Which Agency? -- Part IV Ethics and Epistemology -- 12 Dispositions and Ethics -- 13 The Power, and Limitations, of Virtue Epistemology -- 14 Powers and Reasons -- Part V Social and Political Philosophy -- 15 Emergence and Social Causation -- 16 Gender Essentialism: Aristotle or Locke? -- 17 Rules, Goods, and Powers -- Index.
Summary: Powers and Capacities in Philosophy is designed to stake out an emerging, discipline-spanning neo-Aristotelian framework grounded in realism about causal powers.  The volume brings together for the first time original essays by leading philosophers working on powers in relation to metaphysics, philosophy of natural and social science, philosophy of mind and action, epistemology, ethics and social and political philosophy.  In each area, the concern is to show how a commitment to real causal powers affects discussion at the level in question. In metaphysics, for example, realism about powers is now recognized as providing an alternative to orthodox accounts of causation, modality, properties and laws. Dispositional realist philosophers of science, meanwhile, argue that a powers ontology allows for a proper account of the nature of scientific explanation. In the philosophy of mind there is the suggestion that agency is best understood in terms of the distinctive powers of human beings. Those who take virtue theoretic approaches in epistemology and ethics have long been interested in the powers that allow for knowledge and/or moral excellence. In social and political philosophy, finally, powers theorists are interested in the powers of sociological phenomena such as collectivities, institutions, roles and/or social relations, but also in the conditions of possibility for the cultivation of the powers of individuals. The book will be of interest to philosophers working in any of these areas, as well as to historians of philosophy, political theorists and critical realists.
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Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Contributors -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part I Metaphysics -- 1 The Power of Power -- 2 Limitations of Power -- 3 Emergence, Causal Powers, and Aristotelianism in Metaphysics -- 4 The Ineliminability of Dispositions in Hume's Rejection of Causal Powers -- Part II Philosophy of Science -- 5 Aristotelian Powers: Without Them, What Would Modern Science Do? -- 6 Dispositions for Scientific Realism -- 7 Powerful Particulars Revisited -- Part III Mind and Agency -- 8 Powers, Structures, and Minds -- 9 The Will as a Rational Free Power -- 10 The Power of Agency -- 11 Whose Powers? Which Agency? -- Part IV Ethics and Epistemology -- 12 Dispositions and Ethics -- 13 The Power, and Limitations, of Virtue Epistemology -- 14 Powers and Reasons -- Part V Social and Political Philosophy -- 15 Emergence and Social Causation -- 16 Gender Essentialism: Aristotle or Locke? -- 17 Rules, Goods, and Powers -- Index.

Powers and Capacities in Philosophy is designed to stake out an emerging, discipline-spanning neo-Aristotelian framework grounded in realism about causal powers.  The volume brings together for the first time original essays by leading philosophers working on powers in relation to metaphysics, philosophy of natural and social science, philosophy of mind and action, epistemology, ethics and social and political philosophy.  In each area, the concern is to show how a commitment to real causal powers affects discussion at the level in question. In metaphysics, for example, realism about powers is now recognized as providing an alternative to orthodox accounts of causation, modality, properties and laws. Dispositional realist philosophers of science, meanwhile, argue that a powers ontology allows for a proper account of the nature of scientific explanation. In the philosophy of mind there is the suggestion that agency is best understood in terms of the distinctive powers of human beings. Those who take virtue theoretic approaches in epistemology and ethics have long been interested in the powers that allow for knowledge and/or moral excellence. In social and political philosophy, finally, powers theorists are interested in the powers of sociological phenomena such as collectivities, institutions, roles and/or social relations, but also in the conditions of possibility for the cultivation of the powers of individuals. The book will be of interest to philosophers working in any of these areas, as well as to historians of philosophy, political theorists and critical realists.

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