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Single Idea 12066

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

Full Idea

The differences between Aristotelian essentialism and Kripke's essentialism are so fundamental and pervasive that it is a serious distortion of both views to think of essentialism as a single theory.

Gist of Idea

Aristotelian and Kripkean essentialism are very different theories


Charlotte Witt (Substance and Essence in Aristotle [1989], Intro)

Book Reference

Witt,Charlotte: 'Substance and Essence in Aristotle' [Cornell 1994], p.1

A Reaction

This seems to me to be very important, because there is a glib assumption that when essentialism is needed for modal logic, that we must immediately have embraced what Aristotle was saying. Aristotle was better than Kripke.