Husserlian Essentialism

Husserl Studies 37 (2):147-168 (2021)
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Husserl’s official account of essence is modal. It is also, I submit, incompatible with the role that essence is supposed to play, especially relative to necessity, in his overall philosophy. In the Husserlian framework, essence should rather be treated as a non-modal notion. The point, while not generally acknowledged, has been made before (by Kevin Mulligan for one); yet the arguments given for it, though perhaps sound, are not Husserlian. In this paper I present a thoroughly Husserlian argument for that claim, as well as a Husserlian essentialist account of necessity. I also discuss the role of grounding within the account.



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Nicola Spinelli
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