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Rethinking origin essentialism (for artefacts)

Roca-Royes S (2016) Rethinking origin essentialism (for artefacts). In: Jago M (ed.) Reality Making. Mind Association Occasional Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 152-176.

The thesis that the material origins of artefacts are essential to them is highly intuitive, but in a flexible version: it is not exact match of material origins that is intuitively essential, but approximate match. After an in‐depth exploration of the theoretical options open to accommodate the flexible version, the paper ends up favouring the inflexible one.

Essentiality of Origin; S4; sufficiency properties; coincidents; individual essences

Author(s)Roca-Royes, Sonia
Title of seriesMind Association Occasional Series
Publication date11/02/2016
PublisherOxford University Press
Publisher URL…of-9780198755722
Place of publicationOxford
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