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Single Idea 11167

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 7. Essence and Necessity / b. Essence not necessities]

Full Idea

Far from viewing essence as a special case of metaphysical necessity, we should view metaphysical necessity as a special case of essence.

Gist of Idea

Metaphysical necessity is a special case of essence, not vice versa


Kit Fine (Essence and Modality [1994], p. 9)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophical Perspectives' [-], p.9

A Reaction

This strikes me as one of the most powerful proposals in modern philosophy (even if it is a reiteration of Aristotle!).