Essentiality and Theoretical Identifications: Reply to Ahmed

Mind 118 (469):135-148 (2009)
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Abstract

In reply to Arif Ahmed, I argue that the apparatus of essentiality and qualified and unqualified possibilist identifications, developed in my paper 'Rigidity and Essentiality', can be used to provide a flawless reconstruction of several Kripkean ideas about the semantics of typical natural kind predicates, the essence of natural kinds, the contingency of usual descriptive identifications, and the arguments against psychophysical identity theories

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Mario Gomez-Torrente
National Autonomous University of Mexico

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