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Single Idea 15112

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 7. Essence and Necessity / c. Essentials are necessary]

Full Idea

If an object has a certain property essentially, then it follows that the object has the property necessarily (if it exists).

Gist of Idea

If an object exists, then its essential properties are necessary


Kathrin Koslicki (Essence, Necessity and Explanation [2012], 13.2)

Book Reference

'Contemporary Aristotelian Metaphysics', ed/tr. Tahko,Tuomas [CUP 2012], p.190

A Reaction

She is citing Fine, who says that the converse (necessity implying essence) is false. I agree with that. I also willing to challenge the first bit. I suspect an object can retain identity and lose essence. Coma patient; broken clock; aged athlete.