Single Idea 17866

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 4. Essence as Definition]

Full Idea

The essentialist encapsulating formula is meant to be existence-exhaustive (an attribute the satisfaction of which is logically necessary and sufficient to be the thing) and truth-exhaustive (promising all the structural truths).

Gist of Idea

Essential definition aims at existence conditions and structural truths


Joseph Almog (Nature Without Essence [2010], 01)

Book Reference

-: 'Journal of Philosophy' [-], p.361

A Reaction

[compressed] If he thinks essentialism means that one short phrase can achieve all this, then it is not surprising that Almog renounces his former essentialism in this essay. He may, however, have misunderstood. He should reread Aristotle.