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Single Idea 16749

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 7. Essence and Necessity / b. Essence not necessities]

Full Idea

For an Aristotelian not all necessary properties are essential; the essential properties are those that define a thing as what it is.

Gist of Idea

Aristotelians deny that all necessary properties are essential


Robert Pasnau (Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 [2011], 24.1)

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.551

A Reaction

I take it as basic that whatever is essential is in some way important, whereas necessities can be trivial.