Dispositional essentialism offers a dynamical view of causal process in which real substances have been ascribed the dispositional properties or propensities to lawfully (though order and orientation) generate new substances in a predictive series of events. Here, substance and disposition (endeavor) are given the same ontological nature and form.
I am in favor of this dynamical approach to understanding a universe that is in profound process.
Under this type of analysis, the fundamental world of first causal principles can be said to consist of a deeper and more fundamental disposition or endeavor. This thinking allows one to speculate that God’s Creative Love can assume that fundamental causal disposition as primal substance. This would create a rational approach to unifying science and theology. (My good friend, physicist Ian J. Thompson, is proposing such a theistic science.)
However, according to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, God’s Love is not only the fundamental creative fabric and mover of all reality, it is a living and organic former of coherent structure. This adds a new wrinkle to the theory. In other words, creation—based on Love—by necessity must produce more relational phenomena as it unfolds its various series of events. This cooperative sharing increases unity between all created things (something not predictive of merely dead matter).
These dispositional series are dependent on each other and support each other! That means each unfolding series must rely on more than the inner thrust of its dispositional properties but also on outer inputs (that is why people must eat, breathe and receive sensory data).
Therefore, I predict that the future of scientific thinking will produce an organic model of dispositional essentialism that shows where sharing and subsistence enters into the coordination and subordination of each unfolding series with mathematical precision. This will give us a truly organic view of the laws (and wisdom) ruling the universe.
I have offered a deeper look at this final organic theory in my award-winning book Proving God. Only God’s angels are allowed to say more.