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Ideas of Alan McMichael, by Text

[American, fl. 1986, At Virginia Polytechnic Institute.]

1986 The Epistemology of Essentialist Claims
Intro p.33 Only individuals have essences, so numbers (as a higher type based on classes) lack them
Intro p.33 Essences are the interesting necessary properties resulting from a thing's own peculiar nature
I p.35 Essentialism is false, because it implies the existence of necessary singular propositions
VIII p.48 Individuals enter into laws only through their general qualities and relations
VIII p.50 Maybe essential properties have to be intrinsic, as well as necessary?