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Fundamental powers, evolved powers, and mental powers

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Article

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Authors

Vetter, B 

Abstract

Powers have in recent years become a central component of many philosophers' ontology of properties. While I have argued that powers exist at the fundamental level of properties, many other theorists of powers hold that there are also non-fundamental powers. In this paper I articulate my reasons for being sceptical about the existing reasons for holding that there are non-fundamental powers. However, I also want to promote a different argument for the existence of a certain class of non-fundamental powers: properties which have natural selection to thank for their existence and nature. Such properties will include functional properties of organisms, and so may also include their mental properties.

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5003 Philosophy, 50 Philosophy and Religious Studies, 3 Good Health and Well Being

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society

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Journal ISSN

0066-7374
1467-9264

Volume Title

92

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP)