What is it for agents to be able to do things? This question, while central to many debates, is still awaiting a comprehensive answer. Jaster provides just that by developing the “success view,” which posits that abilities are in essence a matter of successful behavior. Along the way, she explores various issues, including the augmentable nature of abilities, the relationship between abilities and dispositions, and the ability to act otherwise.
Keywordsabilities; dispositions; free will
Publication date and placeBerlin/Boston, 2020
SeriesPhilosophical Analysis, 83
Western philosophy, from c 1900 -
Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology