Organon F

Volume 27, November 2020, Issue 4, Pages 446–479

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

If Sounds Were Dispositions: a Framework Proposal for an Undeveloped Theory

Jorge Luis Méndez-Martínez


In the realm of the philosophy of sounds and auditory experience there is an ongoing discussion concerned with the nature of sounds. One of the contestant views within this ontology of sound is that of the Property View, which holds that sounds are properties of the sounding objects. A way of developing this view is through the idea of dispositionalism, namely, by sustaining the theory according to which sounds are dispositional properties (Pasnau 1999; Kulvicki 2008; Roberts 2017). That portrayal, however, is not sufficient, as it has not inquired the metaphysical debates about dispositions beyond the conditional analysis. In this paper, I try to advance this view by including recent developments (for instance Bird 2007; Vetter 2015) in the field of dispositionalism and I analyse whether this new version can sort out known and new objections to Property View.


Audibility; dispositions; ontology of sound; potentiality; property view; sounds.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Jorge Luis Méndez-Martínez


National Research University – “Higher School of Economics”


International Laboratory of Logics and Linguistics, School of Philosophy, National Research University – “Higher School of Economics”, Staraya Basmannaya st. 21/4, 105066 Moscow, Russian Federation


About this article


17 May 2019


5 June 2020

Published online

18 June 2020


Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

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Méndez-Martínez, J.L. (2020). If Sounds Were Dispositions: a Framework Proposal for an Undeveloped Theory. Organon F27(4), 446–479.


Méndez-Martínez, Jorge Luis. 2020. "If Sounds Were Dispositions: a Framework Proposal for an Undeveloped Theory." Organon F 27 (4): 446–479.


Méndez-Martínez, J.L.  (2020). If Sounds Were Dispositions: a Framework Proposal for an Undeveloped Theory. Organon F, 27(4), pp. 446–479.

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