A ground-theoretical modal definition of essence

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Abstract

I provide a case-by-case definition of essential truths based on the notions of metaphysical necessity and ontological dependence. Relying on suggestions in the literature, I adopt a definition of the latter notion in terms of the notion of ground. The resulting account is adequate in the sense that it is not subject to Kit Fine’s famous counterexamples to the purely modal account of essence. In addition, it provides us with a novel conception of truths pertaining to the essence of objects, which might help to dispel doubts on the legitimacy of the notion of essence itself.
OriginalspracheEnglisch
Seiten (von - bis)32–41
Seitenumfang10
FachzeitschriftAnalysis
Jahrgang82
Ausgabenummer1
DOIs
PublikationsstatusElektronische Veröffentlichung vor Drucklegung - 20 Sep. 2021
Extern publiziertJa

ÖFOS 2012

  • 603110 Metaphysik

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