In: Toby Handfield, editor(s). Dispositions and Causes. Oxford: Oxford University Press;
2009. p. 242-285.
The causal theory of properties is standardly combined with a realist's ontology of
universals or tropes. In this paper, I consider an uncharted alternative – a nominalist
causal theory of properties. I discuss advantages and disadvantages of the resulting
theory of properties, and explore the Rylean understanding of causal powers that emerges.