A new challenge for objective uncertainties and the propensity theorist

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The paper is concerned with the existence of objective uncertainties. What would it take for objective uncertainties to exist, and what would be the consequences for our understanding of the world we live in? We approach these questions by considering two common theories on how we are to understand the being of propensities and how it pertains to possible outcomes that remain unmanifested. It is argued that both or these theories should be rejected, and be replaced with a theory we call unrestricted actualism according to which the possible outcomes of propensities (whether realized or unrealized) are denizens of the actual world.

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  • Philosophy
  • Medical Ethics

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  • propensity theory, philosophy of probability, dispositions, actualism, possibilism
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-224
JournalMetaphysica
Volume19
Issue number2
Early online date2018 Jan 24
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug 28
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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