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Single Idea 11158

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

Full Idea

With the advent of quantified modal logic, philosophers have been in a better position to formulate essentialist claims.

Gist of Idea

Essentialist claims can be formulated more clearly with quantified modal logic


Kit Fine (Essence and Modality [1994], p. 3)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophical Perspectives' [-], p.3

A Reaction

A nice illustration of the role which logic plays in modern analytic philosophy. It is not an unreasonable assumption that we will understand a theoretical problem more clearly if we can articulate it more accurately.