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Published in Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition; doi: 10.1007/s11098-012-9898-3


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By incorporating David Lewis’ conditional analysis (LCA), Vihvelin’s LCA-PROP inherits some of its problems. I have three issues with LCA that apply equally to LCA-PROP.

1. As far as I can understand what an x-complete cause is, the analysis is mistaken in claiming that a disposition’s stimulus and its causal basis would jointly be an x-complete cause of its manifestation.

2. The analysis is mistaken if it assumes that dispositions necessarily have distinct causal bases.

3. The analysis is mistaken in assuming that the causal basis of a disposition must be an intrinsic property of the disposed object.