The essential and the accidental

Ratio 18 (3):276–289 (2005)
Abstract
The distinction between the essential and the accidental characteristics of a thing should be understood not in modal terms (the received view) nor in definitional terms (Fine’s recent proposal) but as follows:  an essential characteristic of a thing is one that is not explained by any other of that thing’s characteristics, and an accidental characteristic of a thing is one that is so explained.  Various versions of this proposal can be formulated.
Keywords Essential and Accidental Characteristics
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Fabrice Correia (2012). On the Reduction of Necessity to Essence. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 84 (3):639-653.
Travis Dumsday (2010). Natural Kinds and the Problem of Complex Essences. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (4):619-634.
Patrick Toner (2008). Emergent Substance. Philosophical Studies 141 (3):281 - 297.
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