Artifact and Essence

Philosophia 38 (3):595-614 (2010)
An essential property is a property that an object possesses in every possible world in which that object exists. An individual essence is a property (or set of properties) that an object possesses in every world in which that object exists, and that no other object possesses in any possible world. Call the claim that some artifacts possess an individual essence ‘artifactual essentialism’. I will argue that artifactual essentialism is true.
Keywords essences  artifacts  Penelopie Mackie
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-009-9226-0
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