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Essentialism and Absolute Necessity

Shalkowski, S. (1997) Essentialism and Absolute Necessity. Acta Analytica, 12.2 (19). pp. 41-56.

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Bob Hale has argued that logical necessity is absolute necessity. Furthermore, he presents a challenge to the essentialist who tries to evade the consequences of his argument. Here I examine the direct argument he presents for his thesis. I argue that it presents no problem for the essentialist because (1) it begs the question and (2) it relies upon premises that are not entailed by essentialism. I then proceed to show how the essentialist can meet Hale’s challenge.

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Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 1997 Springer. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Acta Analytica. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Leeds Philosophy Department
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2007 09:52
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:05
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer Verlag
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3353

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