Title

The Essence of Essence

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2009

Abstract

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.

Publication Name

Australasian Journal of Philosophy

Volume Number

87

First Page

609

Last Page

623

Issue Number

4

DOI

10.1080/00048400802340634

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