, Volume 140, Issue 1, pp 135-148
Date: 05 Apr 2008

Essentiality conferred

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Abstract

In this article I introduce a certain kind of anti-realist account of what makes a property essential to an object and defend it against likely objections. This account, which I call a ‘conferralist’ account, shares some of the attractive features of other anti-realist accounts, such as conventionalism and expressivism, but I believe, not their respective drawbacks.