Single Idea 17876

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 15. Against Essentialism]

Full Idea

The key for the essentialist is classificatory predication. It is only a subsequent extension of this prime idea that leads us to cobble together enough such essential predications to make an individuative essential property.

Gist of Idea

Individual essences are just cobbled together classificatory predicates


Joseph Almog (Nature Without Essence [2010], 11)

Book Reference

-: 'Journal of Philosophy' [-], p.376

A Reaction

So the essence is just a cross-reference of all the ways we can think of to classify it? I don't think so. Which are the essential classifications?