The Essence of Essence
Despite its appeal and popularity, the view that membership in a natural kind is essential to an individual is unsupported by the logic of essences and has no compelling reflective support. While the view has strong intuitive and empirical support this is insufficient to establish it. There are advantages to abandoning the view that kind membership is essential to individuals. One of these advantages is that it allows for a reconfiguring of the problem of material constitution in a way that removes much of the paradox. © 2009 Australasian Association of Philosophy.
Australasian Journal of Philosophy
Schwartz, Stephen P., "The Essence of Essence" (2009). Faculty Articles Indexed in Scopus. 1545.