Single Idea 15687

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 7. Essence and Necessity / c. Essentials are necessary]

Full Idea

Kinship is essentialized, but admits of degrees, ...and people can be essentialist even about categories they do not view as fixed over time, such as age groupings.

Gist of Idea

Kinship is essence that comes in degrees, and age groups are essences that change over time


Susan A. Gelman (The Essential Child [2003], 03 'Summary')

Book Reference

Gelman,Susan A.: 'The Essential Child' [OUP 2005], p.88

A Reaction

Given my notion of essence are necessarily explanatory, I embrace both of these points. Being very athletic comes in degrees, and changes over times.