Nathan Wildman Universität Hamburg
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I have recently completed my PhD at Cambridge. My thesis was an attempt to answer two substantial questions about essential properties: namely, 'what are essential properties' and 'what essential properties are there'. I defend the idea that we can understand essential properties as those sparse properties an object has in every possible world in which it exists, and that if there are any such properties, they are very few and far between.
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  1. Nathan Wildman (forthcoming). Load Bare-Ing Particulars. Philosophical Studies:1-16.
    Bare particularism is a constituent ontology according to which substances—concrete, particular objects like people, tables, and tomatoes—are complex entities constituted by their properties and their bare particulars. Yet, aside from this description, much about bare particularism is fundamentally unclear. In this paper, I attempt to clarify this muddle by elucidating the key metaphysical commitments underpinning any plausible formulation of the position. So the aim here is primarily catechismal rather than evangelical—I don’t intend to convert anyone to bare particularism, but, by (...)
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  2. Nathan Wildman (2013). Modality, Sparsity, and Essence. Philosophical Quarterly 63 (253):760-782.
    Rather infamously, Kit Fine provided a series of counter-examples which purport to show that attempts to understand essence in terms of metaphysical necessity are ‘fundamentally misguided’. Here, my aim is to put forward a new version of modalism that is, I argue, immune to Fine's counter-examples. The core of this new modalist account is a sparseness restriction, such that an object's essential properties are those sparse properties it has in every world in which it exists. After first motivating this sparseness (...)
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  3. Nathan Wildman (2012). Familiar Objects and Their Shadows. By Crawford L. Elder. (Cambridge UP, 2011. Pp. Xi + 210. Price £50.00, $85.00 H/B.). [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 62 (246):195-197.
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