Locke on Real Essences, Intelligibility, and Natural Kinds

Journal of Philosophical Research 35:147-172 (2010)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In this paper I criticize arguments by Pauline Phemister and Matthew Stuart that John Locke's position in his An Essay Concerning Human Understanding allows for natural kinds based on similarities among real essences. On my reading of Locke, not only are similarities among real essences irrelevant to species, but natural kind theories based on them are unintelligible.

Similar books and articles

How Essentialists Misunderstand Locke.Nigel Leary - 2009 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 26 (3):273-292.
Locke vs. Boyle: The real essence of corpuscular species.Jan-Erik Jones - 2007 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 15 (4):659 – 684.
Epistemología representacionalista y realismo científico metafísico en Locke.Manuel Perez Otero - 2000 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 19 (2):5-17.
Locke on Natural Kinds and Essential Properties.Christopher Hughes Conn - 2002 - Journal of Philosophical Research 27:475-497.
Natural kinds and real essences.B. A. Brody - 1967 - Journal of Philosophy 64 (14):431-446.
Antirealism and Artefact Kinds.Marzia Soavi - 2009 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 13 (2):93-107.
Locke, McCann, and voluntarism.Struan Jacobs & Allan McNeish - 1997 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 78 (4):349–362.
Locke on Natural Kinds.Matthew Stuart - 1999 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 16 (3):277 - 296.
Species, essences and the names of natural kinds.T. E. Wilkerson - 1994 - Philosophical Quarterly 44 (170):1-19.

Analytics

Added to PP
2011-08-19

Downloads
1,042 (#12,205)

6 months
118 (#30,670)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Citations of this work

Locke on Real Essence.Jan-Erik Jones - 2012 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Thomas Reid on Induction and Natural Kinds.Stephen Harrop - 2022 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 20 (1):1-18.

Add more citations

References found in this work

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.John Locke - 1979 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 169 (2):221-222.
Problems from Locke.J. L. Mackie - 1976 - Oxford [Eng.]: Clarendon Press.

View all 31 references / Add more references