Single Idea 19262

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

Full Idea

When P is an essence of O it follows that P is a necessary property of O. However, P can be a necessary property of O without being an essence of O.

Gist of Idea

Essential properties are necessary, but necessary properties may not be essential


Anand Vaidya (Understanding and Essence [2010], 'Knowledge')

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophia' [-], p.819

A Reaction

This summarises the Kit Fine view with which I sympathise. However, I dislike presenting essence as a mere list of properties, which is only done for the convenience of logicians. But was Jessie Owens a great athlete after he lost his speed?