Actuality and Potentiality

  • Edward C. Moore
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 206)


Twentieth century philosophy has been a philosophy of the actual. The notion of potentiality does not receive the attention it once did. In 1890 The Century Dictionary of the English Language devoted two columns to definitions of potential and potentiality — many of them written by Charles Peirce. In 1967 The Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry under “Potentiality” says only “See Possibility.”


External World Real Potentiality Dispositional Property Metaphysical Realism Pragmatic Theory 
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  • Edward C. Moore
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  1. 1.University of AlabamaUSA

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