Real Essentialism

Routledge (2007)
Contemporary essentialism and real essentialism -- Against modalism -- Reductionism : the illusory search for inner constitution -- Why real essentialism? -- Some varieties of anti-essentialism -- Empiricist anti-essentialism -- Quinean animadversions -- Popper : avoiding what-is questions -- Wittgenstein : the shadow of grammar -- The reality and knowability of essence -- Why essences are real -- The problem of the universal accidental -- An empirical test for essence? -- Coming to know essence -- Paradigms, stereotypes, and classification -- The structure of essence -- Hylemorphism : act and potency -- Substantial form -- Prime matter -- Substance -- The immanence of essence -- Essence and identity -- Real definition and the true law of identity -- The porphyrian tree -- The analogy of being -- Individuation -- Identity over time -- Essence and existence -- The real distinction in contingent beings -- Everything is contingentalmost -- Powers -- Laws of nature -- Aspects of essence -- Kinds of accident -- The nature of properties -- Knowledge of essence via properties -- Artefacts -- Origin and constitution -- Life -- The essence of life -- Kinds of organism -- Against emergence -- Species, biological and metaphysical -- Is biological essentialism dead? -- Against the cladistic species concept -- Vagueness -- A plea for morphology -- The person -- The essence of personhood -- Hylemorphic dualism -- Consciousness, psychology, and the person -- Form, body, and soul -- Soul, intellect, and immateriality -- Soul, identity, and material dependence.
Keywords Essentialism (Philosophy
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Call number B105.E65.O43 2007
ISBN(s) 0415323649   9780415323642     9780415872126
DOI 10.1093/analys/anp026
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