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Dispositions and the principle of least action

Katzav, J. (2004) Dispositions and the principle of least action. Analysis, 64 (283). pp. 206-214.

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Abstract

My aim is to argue for the incompatibility of one of the central principles of physics, namely the principle of least action (PLA), with the increasingly popular view that the world is, ultimately, merely something like a conglomerate of objects and irreducible dispositions. First, I argue that the essentialist implications many suppose this view has are not compatible with the PLA. Second, I argue that, irrespective of whether this view has any essentialist implications, it is not compatible with the kind of explanation that the PLA affords.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2004 Blackwell Publishing. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Analysis. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Leeds Philosophy Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 16:08
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:04
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0003-2638.2004.00487.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.0003-2638.2004.00487.x
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3233

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