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Single Idea 11160

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

Full Idea

The simplest form of the modal account takes an object to have a property essentially just in case it is necessary that the object has the property.

Gist of Idea

Simple modal essentialism refers to necessary properties of an object


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

Book Reference

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

A Reaction

Fine wants to reverse the account, explaining necessities in terms of prior essences.