Single Idea 14380

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 7. Essence and Necessity / a. Essence as necessary properties]

Full Idea

Some philosophers distinguish between necessary properties and essential properties. This distinction is irrelevant to my purposes. Following Yablo, I shall ignore this distinction in what follows.

Gist of Idea

The distinction between necessary and essential properties can be ignored


Michael della Rocca (Essentialists and Essentialism [1996], I n1)

Book Reference

-: 'Journal of Philosophy' [-], p.186

A Reaction

This is two years after Kit Fine's seminal paper suggesting the distinction is real. The first step towards a good metaphysics is to realise that Della Rocca and Yablo have made a horrible mistake.

Related Idea

Idea 12143 An object having a property essentially is equivalent to its having it necessarily [Brody]