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In defence of modal essentialism

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Kit Fine's arguments in Essence and Modality are widely accepted as being a decisive blow against modal essentialism. A selection of replies exist that have done little to counter the general view that modally construed essence is out of touch with what we really mean when we make essentialist claims. I argue that Fine’s arguments fail to strike a decisive blow, and I suggest a new interpretation of the debate that shows why Fine’s arguments fall short of achieving their goal.

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1080/0020174X.2016.1276855

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Nuffield Department of Population Health
Sub department:
NPEU
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-3757-5591
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
Inquiry More from this journal
Volume:
60
Issue:
8
Pages:
816-838
Publication date:
2017-01-06
Acceptance date:
2016-12-21
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EISSN:
1502-3923
ISSN:
0020-174X
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pubs:681394
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uuid:f82ac68c-7d6f-4e68-a46b-e4212bc3ef49
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pubs:681394
Source identifiers:
681394
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2018-11-08

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