"Structural Properties Revisited"

Dispositions and Causes (ed. Toby Handfield) (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Abstract

Those who hold that all fundamental sparse properties have dispositional essences face a problem with structural (e.g. geometrical) properties. In this paper I consider a further route for the dispositional monist that is enabled by the requirement that physical theories should be background-free. If this requirement is respected then we can see how spatial displacement can be a causally active relation and hence may be understood dispositionally.