How to tell essence

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 49 (2):147-168 (2019)

Ivan V. Ivanov
Shandong University
How could perceptual experiences reveal matters of essentiality? Answering this question is crucial for vindicating a thesis about the epistemic import of experience, commonly known as Revelation. The thesis comes in a weak and a strong version. Only on the strong one could it make up an authoritative piece of common sense. But this version also seems to demand too much of our experiences, namely that they can reveal essentiality. However, the impression that our experiences are not suited for this turns out to be due to a non-mandatory assumption about how the revelation of essentiality would work.
Keywords Revelation, perceptual knowledge, essence, necessity, intrinsicality, color
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DOI 10.1080/00455091.2018.1516974
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