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Single Idea 15145

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 5. Essence as Kind]

Full Idea

The modern concept of a kind essence is a set of intrinsic properties that are individually necessary and jointly sufficient for the membership of something in a class of things, or 'kind'.

Gist of Idea

A kind essence is the necessary and sufficient properties for membership of a class


Anjan Chakravarrty (Inessential Aristotle: Powers without Essences [2012], 2)

A Reaction

I am always struck by the problem that the kind itself is constructed from the individuals, so circularity always seems to loom.