Ratio 18 (3):276–289 (2005)

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Michael Gorman
Catholic University of America
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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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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9329.2005.00290.x
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