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Alexander Bird: Nature’s Metaphysics: Laws and Properties. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-19-922701-3; $ 70.00, £ 29.00 (hardback); 231 pages

Alexander Bird: Nature’s Metaphysics: Laws and Properties. Oxford/New York: Oxford University... 320 Book Reviews – Buchbesprechungen References Armstrong, D. (1997), A World of States of Affairs,Cambridge:CUP. Lewis, D. (1997), ‘Finkish Dispositions’, The Philosophical Quarterly 47(187), 143–158. Martin, C. B. (2008), The Mind in Nature, Oxford: OUP. Martin, C. B. (1997), ‘On The Need for Properties: the Road to Pythagoreanism and Back’, Synthese 112, 193–231. Martin, C.B. (1994), ‘Dispositions and Conditionals’, The Philosophical Quarterly 44(174), 1–8. Molnar, G. (2003), Powers: A Study in Metaphysics, Oxford: Oxford UniversityPress. Charlotte Matheson, University of Nottingham Alexander Bird: Nature’s Metaphysics: Laws and Properties. Oxford/New York: Oxford Uni- versity Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-19-922701-3; $ 70.00, £ 29.00 (hardback); 231 pages Nature’s Metaphysics articulates and defends a view known as dispositional essentialism: the view that the fundamental properties of nature are essentially dispositional. Bird is not the first to hold this view, a situation which he notes in the preface has its advantages, allowing him ‘to work at length on the details of a view that is to a greater or lesser degree shared’, for instance, by Brian Ellis and Caroline Lierse, Stephen Mumford, and George Molnar (p. viii). And indeed the book provides a wealth of interesting details, helpful distinctions, and valuable clarifications, as well as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis Brill

Alexander Bird: Nature’s Metaphysics: Laws and Properties. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-19-922701-3; $ 70.00, £ 29.00 (hardback); 231 pages

History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis , Volume 12 (1): 9 – Apr 5, 2009

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320 Book Reviews – Buchbesprechungen References Armstrong, D. (1997), A World of States of Affairs,Cambridge:CUP. Lewis, D. (1997), ‘Finkish Dispositions’, The Philosophical Quarterly 47(187), 143–158. Martin, C. B. (2008), The Mind in Nature, Oxford: OUP. Martin, C. B. (1997), ‘On The Need for Properties: the Road to Pythagoreanism and Back’, Synthese 112, 193–231. Martin, C.B. (1994), ‘Dispositions and Conditionals’, The Philosophical Quarterly 44(174), 1–8. Molnar, G. (2003), Powers: A Study in Metaphysics, Oxford: Oxford UniversityPress. Charlotte Matheson, University of Nottingham Alexander Bird: Nature’s Metaphysics: Laws and Properties. Oxford/New York: Oxford Uni- versity Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-19-922701-3; $ 70.00, £ 29.00 (hardback); 231 pages Nature’s Metaphysics articulates and defends a view known as dispositional essentialism: the view that the fundamental properties of nature are essentially dispositional. Bird is not the first to hold this view, a situation which he notes in the preface has its advantages, allowing him ‘to work at length on the details of a view that is to a greater or lesser degree shared’, for instance, by Brian Ellis and Caroline Lierse, Stephen Mumford, and George Molnar (p. viii). And indeed the book provides a wealth of interesting details, helpful distinctions, and valuable clarifications, as well as

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