Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Essentialism: the view that objects have some of their properties necessarily. See also essence, necessity de re, necessity, contingency, properties, actualism, possible worlds.

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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.
 
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Chisholm II 173ff
mereological essentialism / Simons: a thing must be founded in all its necessary parts - part / whole relationship: is modal rigid - (Chisholm per) - Vs: most things are in flux: e.g. people; water waves - ens sukzessivum: for Chisholm any permanent thing ("continuant") obeys a particularly strict temporal version of m.e.: if another permanent thing in any world at any time is part of it, this is part has to be a part of it at all times and in all the worlds in which there exists the whole thing - solution: entia sukzessiva: things in flux: are themselves not permanent but constituted from permanent things (continuants).

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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

Si I
P. Simons
Parts Oxford New York 1987

Chi I
R. Chisholm
Die erste Person Frankfurt 1992

Chi III
Roderick M. Chisholm
Erkenntnistheorie Graz 2004


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-06-25