G. Naturalism & Normativity > New Collection: Powers and Capacities in Philosophy (John Greco and Ruth Groff, eds. Routledge)

"Powers and Capacities in Philosophy is designed to stake out an emerging, discipline-spanning neo-Aristotelian framework grounded in realism about causal powers. The volume brings together for the first time original essays by leading philosophers working on powers in relation to metaphysics, philosophy of natural and social science, philosophy of mind and action, epistemology, ethics and social and political philosophy. In each area, the concern is to show how a commitment to real causal powers affects discussion at the level in question. In metaphysics, for example, realism about powers is now recognized as providing an alternative to orthodox accounts of causation, modality, properties and laws. Dispositional realist philosophers of science, meanwhile, argue that a powers ontology allows for a proper account of the nature of scientific explanation. In the philosophy of mind there is the suggestion that agency is best understood in terms of the distinctive powers of human beings. Those who take virtue theoretic approaches in epistemology and ethics have long been interested in the powers that allow for knowledge and/or moral excellence. In social and political philosophy, finally, powers theorists are interested in the powers of sociological phenomena such as collectivities, institutions, roles and/or social relations, but also in the conditions of possibility for the cultivation of the powers of individuals. The book will be of interest to philosophers working in any of these areas, as well as to historians of philosophy, political theorists and critical realists."
"Powers and Capacities in Philosophy is the first volume of its kind. In it, leading philosophers address the question of how a belief in real causal powers affects debate in their own areas of expertise. The result is a composite picture of powers-based work across the discipline, an illustration of how, at different levels of abstraction, such work offers an alternative to entrenched neo-Humean positions. The book should be of interest to a broad range of philosophers, including but not limited to those with a specific interest in powers. It will also be attractive to those interested in recent neo-Aristotelian developments–from scientific essentialism to critical realism to virtue theory to the capabilities approach to political and economic justice–and in the significance of these developments for contemporary philosophy as a whole."
January 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterGuy Axtell