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Single Idea 14256

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 2. Types of Essence]

Full Idea

How and where are we to draw the line between what is basic to the essence and what is derived?

Gist of Idea

How do we distinguish basic from derived esssences?


Kit Fine (Ontological Dependence [1995], II)

Book Reference

-: 'Aristotelian Society' [], p.277

A Reaction

He calls the basic essence 'constitutive' and the rest the 'consequential' essence. This question is obviously very challenging for the essentialist. See Idea 22.

Related Idea

Idea 22 Trained minds never expect more precision than is possible [Aristotle]