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Single Idea 12031

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 9. Essence and Properties]

Full Idea

Essences have normally been understood to be constituted by qualitative properties.

Gist of Idea

Essences are taken to be qualitative properties


Robert Merrihew Adams (Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity [1979], 1)

Book Reference

'Metaphysics - An Anthology', ed/tr. Sosa,E. /Kim,J. [Blackwell 1999], p.172

A Reaction

I add this simple point, because it might be challenged by the view that an essence is a substance, rather than the properties of anything. I prefer that, and would add that substances are individuated by distinctive causal powers.